CCAC Night of Chocolate Saturday

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Cast and crew from the upcoming CCAC Night of Chocolate dinner theatre event appeared on KAIT on Friday, Feb. 9, to help promote the event. Pictured are, from left: director Quinton Mauldin, Kenny Smith as Winston Callahan, Kyle Allman and Burton Everhart III and KAIT anchor Diana Davis. The annual fundraiser for the Clay County Arts Council will be held Saturday at the Rector Community Center and tickets must be purchased by noon Thursday.
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Rehearsals are near complete, and the deadline for reserving tickets is at hand, as the Clay County Arts Council is set to host its annual Night of Chocolate dinner theatre event Saturday at the Rector Community Center. Organizers note tickets nust be reserved by noon Thursday, Feb. 15, and will not be sold at the door.

The public is encouraged to attend as six weeks of rehearsals, sound checks, costuming, staging, set construction and scene blocking will come to fruition in the five-scene comedic murder mystery. In what has become a regional effort, the members of the Clay County Arts Council have been assisted in all areas of the production by members of the Greene County Fine Arts Council.

As a result of the hard work patrons will be impressed by the set, which was designed by director Quinton Mauldin and constructed by Perry Baker of Paragould. The setting was painted and accessorized by the design crew chaired by Caleb Riddle, Caleb Higgins, along with Mauldin. Props have been collected and furnished along with costuming by Lauria Baker and Sandy James, board members of GCFAC. The series Downton Abbey furnished the inspiration for the aura of 1920s London, England.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner music provided by Larry Norred. The evening's program will begin at 6:30 with the buffet dinner, catered by the Traveling Wisk. As dinner concludes with chocolate desserts, including the popular chocolate fountain, the cast and crew will make final preparations.

Afterward, the curtain will open on the production of “A Window for Murder” by Nathan Coey.

Tickets are $30 for members of the CCAC, and $35 for non-members, and includes both the meal and production. Tickets may be purchased until noon on Thursday, Feb. 15, by contacting Linda Robinson at the Rector Water office at 870 595-3035. Tickets may also be reserved for pick-up Friday evening at the will call location in the lobby of the community center.

Proceeds from the annual Night of Chocolate are used for various CCAC projects, including scholarships for Clay County art students; funds for art teachers and awards for those excelling in competitions.

“Lovers of a good time for a worthy cause will want to be at the Night of Chocolate in Rector to see the one-time-only performance of A Window for Murder featuring a creative cast from Paragould, Piggott and Rector,” a spokesperson added.

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