The South Arkansas Arts Center welcomes the cast for its summer musical production, the iconic and ever popular Singin’ in the Rain, sponsored by Murphy USA. Congratulations to the talented cast which includes many SAAC stage veterans and familiar faces.
Alexander Jeffery can be seen as the suave Hollywood leading man Don Lockwood, originally portrayed by Gene Kelly. Brandon Wallace will play Cosmo Brown, Don’s wacky and playful best friend and former dance partner. Laura Purvis portrays the upcoming, strong-willed actress Kathy Seldon, who emerges as Don’s saving grace in his talkies. Hali Pinson will be featured as Lina Lamont, a tone-deaf singer who fails to transfer from silent films and causes Don great distress. Successful, magnanimous, film producer R. F. Simson will be played by Corey Sublett, high strung, frustrated director Roscoe Dexter by Mike Means, and young starlet and Lina’s best friend Zelda Zanders by Lainey Walthall.
The show also features Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown throughout their lives. Meredith Stone and Rusty Orrell will portray Don and Cosmo in their Vaudeville years, respectively. Maggie Meyer and Jace Waters will play young Don and Cosmo in their childhood years. Rounding out the cast will be Hannah Davis playing Rhonda, Abby Cate playing Dora Bailey, Brandy Walthall playing Olga Mar, Savannah Reynolds playing Mary Margaret and Addie Bosanko playing Miss Dinsmore.
The ensemble is filled by Brooklyn Alexander, Armani Amos, Lyric Amos, Thomas Brewster, Carmelo Brown, Alex Brummett, Kenny Burns, Emma Daniel, Josie Denson, Tiffanie Duke, Blake Goff, Bill Meyer, Madelyn Poss, Holland Ruff, Steve Shofner, Bob Stephenson and Justin Yates.
Director Lisa Newton is thrilled about her cast and said, “I’m having such a great time directing this production. We have a diverse cast, full of fresh faces to the stage and returning SAAC actors.”
Singin’ in the Rain, called the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
Performances are July 12-15 & 18-22 • curtain 7:30pm, except Sundays at 2:30pm
For tickets call box-office at 870-862-5474
$30 General Public, $20 SAAC Members, $10 All Students
$30 Opening Night Champagne Reception
Thursday, July 12 • Opening Night, 7:00pm Champagne Reception (Tickets $30 all adults, $10 under 21)
Sunday, July 15 • Talk Back with Dr. Yates, 2:15pm introduction with talk back after the show
Thursday, July 18 • Talk Back with Dr. Yates, 7:15pm introduction with talk back after the show