The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., invites the community to a public reading of the musical-in-development, “Helaine and the Little War,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The event is free and open to the public.

The event isn’t a performance, but an audience-participation reading helping to refine a script for the musical play by Arkansas singer-song writers, Charley Sandage and Charlie Crow, and playwright, David Eshelman of Arkansas Tech University.

“Sandage, Crow, and Eshelman invite actor/readers, theater-savvy listeners, and any others willing to offer feedback on their story about six principal characters, half of them black and half of them white, who are trying to sort out relationships and prospects moving forward as Reconstruction comes to an end in Arkansas in 1874, while the ‘Brooks-Baxter War’ is breaking out around them,” according to a news release.

The reading will be held in the Bellamy Theatre at the arts center. To RSVP, contact Hilary Mullins, at or 870-536-3375.