After a year of delays and performance restrictions related to COVID-19, the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado has announced a full season of live theater events. Performances begin this summer.

While the center has been open year round for courses, exhibitions, small performances, and lectures, community theater productions have been delayed during the pandemic. In consultation with the Arkansas Department of Health, the SAAC Theater Steering Committee and Board of Directors has worked out an extended theater season for 2021-2022, with “Steel Magnolias” starting early summer.

“Due to restrictions on live singing and the size of the audience, SAAC theater activity has been greatly reduced over the past year,” said Jim Yates, chairman of the theater steering committee. “Our volunteer-led group is extremely ready to come back on stage to protect and entertain both our actors and our audiences.”

The season kicks off with a two-week run of Robert Harling’s classic southern dramedy “Steel Magnolias”. The Murphy USA sponsored show will run June 17-20, June 24-27. The beloved story centers on the lives of six women in the fictional Chinquapin, Louisiana beauty shop owned by Truvy Jones and her eager new assistant, Annelle. Her friends and clients include the eccentric millionaire Clairee, the friendly Curmudgeon Ouiser, the social leader M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby.

The piece follows their stories over several years and builds on a framework of love and resilience.

In October 2021, SAAC is in the process of producing “Clue” based on Jonathan Lynn’s script for the 1985 film and inspired by the classic board game of the same name. Join Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Wadsworth the Butler to solve the eternal question of unity.

The show will take place October 22-24, October 29-31.

In spring 2022, “Nunsense” will be revived by SAAC from March 4th to 6th from March 10th to 12th. The show is a crazy romp through a fundraiser by the fictional Little Sisters of Hoboken, combining insane comedies with standout musical numbers, all performed by just five actresses.

The season ends with the summer musical when “Mamma Mia!” occurs from July 14th to 17th, July 20th to 24th, 2022. The jukebox musical with the songs of ABBA has long been awaited by the region’s singers, dancers and musicians and is sponsored by Murphy USA.

As large group events restart across the region, SAAC will continue to consult with the Arkansas Department of Health and follow their guidelines on the safety of everyone involved in any production, including staff, volunteers, and the public.

For more information, contact the SAAC office at 870-862-5474.

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