CCAC Night of Chocolate at Hand

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Cast members are pictured rehearsing for the CCAC production, as George Redmond explains some of William's strangeness to Burton and Winston—played by Kyle Allman and Kenny Smith. George Redmond is played by Tonya May and Becca Martin keeps it confusing as she plays William, Colonel Straitford's nephew.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

When the curtain goes up on “A Window for Murder” on Saturday, Feb 17, at Clay County Arts Council’s Night of Chocolate, audience members will be enjoying fabulous desserts with coffee or tea after a delicious meal catered by Traveling Wisk.

Once again this year, the doors at Rector Community Center will open at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30. In addition to the tasty meal, which always includes tempting chocolate desserts and the chocolate fountain, those attending will be treated to a comedic murder mystery that is coming together with cast and crew from Piggott, Rector and Paragould. Many young adults have been busy working on the stage design and have painted the set, constructed by Perry Baker of Paragould.

Cast members Kyle Allman and Kenny Smith, both of Piggott, are learning the art of give-and-take on the stage as they portray the world-renowned private detective Burton Everhart III and his side-kick Winston Callahan. When they arrive on the scene to investigate one death, they have no idea that another death will quickly follow.

Rehearsing each Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the cast is rapidly approaching the point they can stage the entire five scenes with all props and costumes.

“We’ve gotten to know each cast member and we’ve become a unit thanks to Quinton Mauldin’s direction,” said Christina Cox who plays Karen Redmon, sister to Julia Straitford, in the production. “We’re also working on our British accents,” Cox said glancing skyward.

In response, fellow cast member Tonya May remarked the play must be set in 1920s, England, Ark.

Understandably, the buzz in the area is all about the play and people wanting to see this cast’s performance.

“We advise people to get their tickets quickly because no tickets will be available at the door,” said CCAC board member Linda Robinson who has tickets for sale at Rector Water Department. They're also available at Madpie’s Shoppes, Suzy’s, The Nest, and City Market in Piggott as well as Honeysuckle and Home in Rector. Will call tickets are available by calling 870-595-3035. Members of CCAC may purchase tickets as $30 each and non-members’ tickets cost is $35 per ticket.

Those wanting to get a taste of the action, may tune-in to KAIT Mid-day at 11 a.m. this Friday, Feb. 9 as director Quinton Mauldin, Kyle Allman and Kenny Smith along with CCAC founder and president Gail Burns will be featured.

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