SAAC Seeking Directors for Current Season
The theater committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center is currently accepting applications for a director, choreographer, and music director for its 2018 summer musical, “Singin’ in the Rain”. Auditions are set for late May, with performances running July 12-15 and 18-22, 2018.
Interested individuals should supply a letter of intent, resume, and a short production proposal for each project application. Qualified applicants need experience in their area interest and a working knowledge of community theatre. They should have experience working with all ranges of talent, including beginners. Application deadline is December 5, 2017. All applications should be sent to SAAC, 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado, AR 71730, ATTN: Executive Director or emailed to Laura Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474. SAAC’s salary schedule is competitive and will be set according to experience. Lodging will also be provided if necessary and there will be opportunities for visiting artist to teach workshops and classes.
For SAAC’s 2018 summer musical, the theatre committee has selected “Singin’ in the Rain”. The award winning musical is part of SAAC’s “Hooray, It’s Hollywood” season. Considered the”Greatest Movie Musical of All Time”, the script was faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay.
“Singin’ in the Rain” includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers, and love songs ever written, including “Good Mornin’,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” and – of course – the show-stopping dance number, “Singin’ in the Rain.” Adapted from the motion picture, the plot of the Broadway musical stage version closely adheres to the movie. The musical opened on July 2, 1985 at the Gershwin Theatre after 39 previews, and ran for 367 performances, closing on May 18, 1986. Originally directed and choreographed by post-modern choreographer Twyla Tharp, the opening night cast starred Don Correia as Don Lockwood, Mary D’Arcy as Kathy Selden, Richard Fancy as Roscoe Dexter, Faye Grant as Lina Lamont, and Peter Slutsker as Cosmo Brown.
The movie musical “Singin’ in the Rain” has been beloved since the moment it premiered, earning the top spot atop AFI’s 100 Years of Musicals list and, in 2007, was ranked as the fifth greatest motion pictures of all time. The stage version of the musical pours down delight, capturing the waning days of the silent screen era as they give way to new-fangled “talkies.”
SAAC is a complete visual and performing arts center that includes three gallery spaces, a ballet studio, a 207 seat theatre, a scene and costume shop, classrooms, a photography studio, and offices all of which provide AIE residencies, monthly gallery exhibits, community theatre productions, classes in visual arts, ballet, photography, drama, and music for people of all ages and people with special needs.