Director • Lynn Gunter
For Lynn Gunter, a Crossett native, theater has been a great interest since she was a child. Gunter said, “It’s just fun! The moment I saw my first play when I was younger, I thought that looks fun and ‘I want to do that!’” She became involved with The Hurd Playhouse, a community theater in Crossett. She was in such productions as “Peter Pan,” “Gypsy,” “Calamity Jane,” “Lil’ Abner,” “Babes in Arms,” and “Oklahoma.”
Since 2013, Gunter has become a familiar face at SAAC through her direction of local homeschool group, HEART, and their children’s productions of “House at Pooh Corner”, “Peter Pan”, and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” What she enjoys most about directing children is witnessing their self-confidence increase as well as team work, humility, work ethic, and satisfaction in accomplishment, breeding the attitude that “I can do anything!” Currently Gunter teaches a speech class through HEART, which offers its own reward of seeing kids develop through communication. This coupled with her favorite Bible verse, Phil. 4:13, is how she has encouraged and led children to perform their best.
When asked about directing the upcoming production, Gunter expressed that as a life-long fan of “Miracle on 34thStreet”, as well as the magic of Christmas, there could be no project that is more exciting. She plans to set this stage play in present day, yet with a traditional Santa. She is also constantly brainstorming ways to add touches of “Christmas Miracles” to the stage. She added that Children of all ages should be pulled into the magic of tinsel, elves, and Santa. While keeping the manger in focus, the rest of the wonderment of Christmas will be displayed on the SAAC stage this holiday season!
Set Design • April Hoover
Lighting Design • Colleen Means