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SAAC announces cast for ‘Sunset Boulevard’

By Special to the News-Times
This article was published January 27, 2018 at 5:00 a.m.

The theater committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center has announced the cast members recently selected for its production of “Sunset Boulevard.”

Sponsored by Southern Bancorp and Teague Auto Group, “Sunset Boulevard” will run March 2-4, 8-9 and 11.

Cast members were chosen by director Gary Hall over two evenings of auditions.

The part of Norma Desmond will be shared by Tracy Rice and Charlsie Falcon.

Other cast members are Thomas Brewster as Joe Gillis; Darrin Riley as Max von Mayerling; Hali Pinson as Betty Schaefer; Makenzie Lee as Artie Green; Rob Bosanko as Cecil B. DeMille; Justin Howard as Sheldrake; and Jonathan Randle as Manfred.

The ensemble cast includes Joel Cheshier, Holland Ruff, Joe Rogers, Bear Langston, Corey Sublett, Bob Stephenson, James Yates, Jim Roomsburg, Meredith Stone, Jaqueline Wood, Eliza Brewster, Addie Bosanko, Felice Scott, Melanie Allen, Josie Denson, Katelynn Gifford and Hannah May George.

Hall said about his cast, “How exciting to see a list with so many new names sprinkled in between some SAAC legends! I can’t imagine a better group of people to bring this Hollywood fable to life. There will also be cameo appearances by local ‘celebrities’ throughout the show, adding to the overall ambience of the piece.”

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece,’ a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the camera, he is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.

For more information about “Sunset Boulevard,” call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado.

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