South Arkansas Arts Heart theatre veterans will come collectively this month to stage a stay manufacturing of A.R. Gurney’s basic play, “Love Letters.”
The limited-run manufacturing in El Dorado is for December 18-20, with seating restricted to 50 company per efficiency to fulfill bodily distancing necessities.
The present options solely two actors on stage all through the efficiency. Abby Cate and Greg Oden will star as lifelong pals and someday lovers Melissa and Andrew.
Seated throughout the stage from each other, they learn letters from all through their decades-long relationship. Each Cate and Oden are acquainted names and faces to everybody within the South Arkansas artistic group. Cate, who has appeared on the SAAC stage dozens of occasions over time, makes a memorable impression whether or not she is in a starring position or supporting character. Oden, who received laughs at SAAC most not too long ago as a part of the “speaking image” in “Singin’ within the Rain,” is an completed musician and choral director.
Longtime theatre veterans Marsha Antoon and Mary Egerer are main the manufacturing as administrators. Antoon, who most not too long ago appeared in “Three Musketeers” has additionally directed a number of productions. Egerer, who can finest be described as a founding mom of the SAAC theatre, is actually a jack of all trades, from singing and dancing to designing costumes and portray units.
Rhett Davis is lending a hand as assistant director, and Jacob George as technical director. Rhett, who additionally appeared in “Three Musketeers,” finds artistic inspiration each on stage and backstage. Jacob has served because the sound designer for a lot of productions, together with “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and took the stage most not too long ago as Snoopy in “You are a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Every of those gamers is volunteering their time to this challenge in an effort to spice up the morale of the world’s theatrical group in the course of the troublesome days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions on performances and viewers capability have introduced a problem, however this crew has diligently labored throughout the well being division tips to create a protected and interesting alternative for the viewers, irrespective of how small.
To make sure social distancing, the performances are restricted to 50 tickets, which have to be reserved at www.saac-arts.com or by calling 870-862-5474. Face coverings are required.