The South Arkansas Arts Center will bring the magic of live theatre directly into your home with a special, limited-run screening of the community theatre’s 2018 production of “Singin’ in the Rain”. Recorded live during its summer musical run onstage in El Dorado, the show features a cast of talented local dancers, singers, and actors performing the beloved songs and famous dance sequences of the classic Hollywood film. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! The production, made possible by sponsor Murphy USA, will be screened via SAAC’s website through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International on April 16-18.
“Live theatre has been put on hold for almost a year now because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SAAC’s executive director Laura Allen. “While it isn’t quite the same as an in-person experience, we hope that the opportunity to watch the recording of SAAC’s beloved production from the safety of our own ‘pods’ will spark wonderful memories and entertain our audience all over again.”
Directed by visiting artist Lisa Newton of Texarkana, the show was originally staged at SAAC in July 2018. The recorded performance includes each unforgettable scene, song and dance in the original film, complete with the show-stopping title number and an onstage rainstorm! Inspired by the Technicolor movie musical of Hollywood’s golden years, Newton endeavored to re-create that feeling in a live performance setting.
“Directing ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ at SAAC in El Dorado was one of the highlights of my directing career,” said Newton. Everyone involved in the production, from the staff at SAAC to the talented cast and crew, was wonderful to work with on this production and the community support for the arts in El Dorado was evident from the very beginning.”
The production will be presented for three screenings with show times schedule to begin at the regular time SAAC would have a performance if it were in El Dorado – Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on April 16-18. The musical will be streaming, but not “on-demand”. The audience will have to watch it live at time scheduled. Individual tickets are available for $5, and “pod party” tickets, designed for multiple viewers of the same screen, are available for $20.