CCAC Night of Chocolate Dinner Theatre Event Set

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Cast members for the upcoming CCAC production of"Suspect Hollywood" shown here are: Clockwise--Sydney Simmons (prone), Robbie Wells, Gerald Hartsfield, Rhonda Haney, Seth Morris, Joseph Hargrave, Nancy Holcomb and Whitney Conley

The Clay County Arts Council will be spicing up their popular Night of Chocolate event with the organization's first dinner theater production during the Dec. 1 celebration at the Rector Community Center.

"We're excited to be adding this production to our Night of Chocolate event," CCAC president Gail Burns said. "I think it's going to be something everyone enjoys."

The play, entitled "Suspect Hollywood," is described as a comedy/mystery with a group of entertaining characters swept up in a murder mystery, all while serving up amusing jabs at Hollywood and the celebrity status quo. The production centers upon those involved with the production of "Peril of the Prodigal Son," a new film in which the director has made numerous promises to those auditioning, as well as the financiers.

Cast members include: Jeff Beck as Cameron Stone, the director of the movie; Seth Morris as Arnold Bonebreaker, an action star of the 1980s and 1990s who enjoyed showing off his muscles and carrying big guns; Joseph Hargrave as Huey Trump, the major financial backer for the production company; Gerald Hartsfield as William Robinson, a successful comedian/actor who has been in several movies; Whitney Conley as Mary Ott, who is from an extremely wealthy family and dreams of being a movie star; Sydney Simmons as Rachel Witherspoon, the sister of Reese, who is desperate to get a leading part and be the star in her family; Robbie Wells as Shannon Walton, who has had small roles in a few movies, but thinks this will be her big break into movies; Nancy Holcomb as Kelly Wakefield, the casting director of this new movie and Rhonda Haney as Flash Taylor, the reporter who prides himself on being the first to get the news scoop.

The audience takes an active role in the production, with special recognition going to those who first deduce the culprit.

The bulk of the cast are former students of CCAC president Burns. Hargrave, though he did not attend RHS, has studied under Burns in seminars offered by the longtime drama teacher.

"Part of the fun is having people from different classes taught by Mrs. B all together on the same play," said Conley, who also serves as director. "That's something we were just talking about the other day."

"I've thoroughly enjoyed having my former students together," Burns said. "It's been a wonderful, unique experience having students from different classes and years working together."

The evening will also feature a performance by The Larry Norred Band, as well as a delicious meal catered by The Traveling Whisk. Of course, the popular dessert table and chocolate fountain fixtures will also be a highlight.

The Night of Chocolate will also feature lovely door prizes graciously donated by Feather Your Nest and Rector Downtown Drug for which participants must be present to win.

Tickets, which include the meal, are $25 for CCAC members and $30 for non-members. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Persons wanting addition information or to reserve tickets by the Nov. 28 deadline may call (870) 240-3014 or (870) 598-1004, visit Feather Your Nest in Piggott or contact CCAC members.

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