Wednesday, June 4
The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre opens its 2014 season with a classic: The King and I. It is 1862 in Siam, when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the king to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The king is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. Anna and the king grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another in this truly unique love story. The dazzling score includes memorable songs like “Hello, Young Lovers,” “We Kiss in a Shadow,” “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Something Wonderful.”

This is the first time the Lyceum has staged The King and I and tickets are going fast. Check the Lyceum website for show dates and times and to reserve your seats, or call the box office at 660-837-3311. This show runs through June 14.

Saturday, June 7
The Friends of Arrow Rock will continue its 1st Saturday Lecture Series at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center, at 10 a.m., with a look at the family album of Abe and Mary Lincoln. The Lincolns kept the album while in the White House, but it was lost to time and didn’t come to light until 1985. Dr. Herschel and Jacque Stroud will talk about the album and what happened to Lincoln descendants. Following the free lecture, the Strouds will be available throughout the afternoon, displaying their many Civil War era artifacts.

Sunday, June 8
It all began during a meeting at the J. Huston Tavern in 1959. That’s when members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a small group of Arrow Rock devotees decided to start the Friends of Arrow Rock. Since then, the organization has restored some of the most historically important properties in Arrow Rock, educated tens of thousands of children and adults about life in the 1800s, and established a national reputation as one of the finest preservation organizations anywhere. Celebrate with FAR at its 55th Annual Meeting at noon at the J. Huston Tavern.

Speakers include Royce Yeater, AIA, director of the Jeffris Family Foundation, which has partnered with FAR to support preservation work on four key properties; and Geoff Giglierano, executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council, who will present FAR Executive Director Kathy Borgman with the Exemplery Community Achievement Award.

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the new book, Friends of Arrow Rock: The First 55 Years, 1959-2014, researched and written by FAR Communications Director Sandy Selby.

Reservations are required and must be received TODAY, June 2, by 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include your lunch. Call 660-837-3231 or reserve online at www.FriendsofArrowRock.org.

Not a FAR member? Join today!

June 21-29
In the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, down-and out skid row floral assistant Seymour Krelborn becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding Audrey II’s growing appetite! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop of Horrors never fails to entertain.

Reserve your tickets today at 660-837-3231 or at www.lyceumtheatre.org. You wouldn’t want to disappoint Audrey II, would you?