Public ticket sales begin today for the South Arkansas Arts Center’s summer production of “Steel Magnolias,” sponsored by Murphy USA. The show runs June 17 through 27, with curtain at 7:30 p.m. for evening performances and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinee performances. Tickets are available at $5 for students, $10 for SAAC members, and $20 for general public and opening night. The lobby will open one hour before show time and house will open 30 minutes before show time.

For the first time, patrons can purchase tickets online through SAAC’s website, By clicking on the box office page, audience members can browse available performances, choose their seats, purchase tickets, and print them out. Simply bring your printed ticket to the performance, an usher will scan it, and you can take your seat and enjoy the show. Tickets are still available in person at the SAAC box office or by calling 870-862-5474 as well.

“We are so excited to offer this new service to our patrons, who have been asking for online ticketing options for years,” said Laura Allen, executive director. “Over the COVID-19 pandemic, we all certainly learned to do a lot more things online, and this seemed like a natural extension of that learning. But for those who prefer a more personal touch, we are always happy to take care of them at the box office!”

On opening night, June 17, SAAC will welcome patrons back to the world of live theatre with a pre-show reception inspired by Shelby’s famous “blush and bashful” wedding. Guests can enjoy champagne and “armadillo groom’s cake,” served from the SAAC tent on the lawn, and mingle in the galleries at 7:00, before curtain time at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $20, which includes both the event and the performance.

To ensure the safety and comfort of all audience members, SAAC will host Social Distancing Sunday for the first matinee performance: Sunday, June 20. For this performance, reserved seats are available in small groups, with a limited number available, and distance maintained between each group. At all other performances, reserved seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

SAAC follows the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Arkansas Department of Health, and asks patrons to do the same. If you have chosen not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or are not yet fully vaccinated, please be respectful to all theatregoers and wear a mask. SAAC will provide one at the box office, if necessary. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms in the 24-hour period before your ticketed performance, please stay home. SAAC will gladly refund you the cost of your ticket.

Steel Magnolias is sponsored by Murphy USA and will run June 17-27.  For more information, please call 870-862-5474.