The Center for Art and Education is back to reviving a former tradition as it presents the “Comic Book Artist” on April 13 and 14 at the King Opera House in downtown Van Buren.

The cast of 16 is comprised of second to sixth graders, who participated in a local program. The cast has been working on the play since mid-January and hail from Van Buren and Crawford County.

Brent Gunnels said this would be the first time many of them would be on stage.

The CAE did plays back in the 1980s, but brought the local program last year with “Bedbugs.” Gunnels added a musical will be performed this year as part of the summer camp.

“This is just another way of bringing art to Van Buren as well as performing art,” said Gunnels.

The “Comic Book Artist” premieres on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the King Opera House, 427 Main St., with a matinee on April 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the Center for Art and Education, 104 N. 13th St., Van Buren, online at and the Metro Gallery, 610 Main St., Van Buren. CAE members can call (479) 474-7767 for discounted tickets.

The play is about a girl who wants to be a comic book artist and she takes a job as a janitor for a comics publisher hoping she will get noticed. When magic pens arrive and unleash a super villain, the girl races to draw her own team of superheroes.

The event is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.