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The South Arkansas Arts Center has announced the camp counselors for its summer Theatre Camp.

Counselors are Gary Hall, Makenzie Lee and Hannah Davis, all of whom have had many hours in theater work, especially at SAAC. The summer Theatre Camp is set for July 23-27, for grades second through ninth, with a registration deadline of July 11. The Theatre Camp attendees will be producing a fun and lively production of “Honk, JR.” from the MTI Broadway Junior series, during the week of camp.

Hall, a veteran of the SAAC stage, has been recently seen as Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family, A New Musical” and Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast.” He also directed “Sunset Boulevard.” Hall also has worked on The Penguin Project’s theatre productions, a performing experience for children with disabilities.

Lee, who hails from Malvern, has recently finished his first year of teaching music at Washington Middle School. He also worked with the kids in WMS’s production of “Alice in Wonderland JR.,” which he said “was everything a director could hope for.” When asked about his involvement in “Honk, JR,” Lee said, “It has been a joy working with this town’s students. I look forward to being the music director for this show and seeing what kind of talent these kids hold.”

A recent graduate of Louisiana Tech University’s theater program, Davis has worked on many productions through the years, including a few on SAAC’s own stage. Most recently, she was onstage in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” as well as having directed “Disney’s Aristocats JR.” At Louisiana Tech, she was smitten with hair, makeup and costume design, and worked in that capacity on many LA Tech productions.

“If you think you know the story of the ‘Ugly Duckling,’ you’ll find with this show, it’s not all it was ‘quacked up’ to be,” Hall said about the production. “We are working hard and getting all our ducks in a row to be ready to bring this exciting piece to SAAC. The musical was actually written for all ages and plays much like a Disney story through the basic story everyone is familiar with as well as some additions that make it more entertaining and endearing. “

For more information about Theatre Camp, sponsored by First Financial Bank, call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit the SAAC website at saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado.

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