CCAC Dinner Theatre Event a Big Hit

Thursday, February 14, 2019
The cast and crew included, from left: Front-Sonny Barbosa-Michael Goldinger, Jenna Sealy-Mallory Gushard, Ty Wilburn-Randy Hembrey, Jr., D.Gene Wilburn-Ron Spence, Winelle Wilburn-Tonya May. Making a frightful entry as The Bear – Jayden Clark. Back-director Quinton Mauldin, Lola Barbosa-Stephanie Clark, Roxanne Thorne-Susan Johnson, Maxie Wilburn Suggs- Tylee Tracer Anderson, Carmine DeLuca-Kenny Smith and Abby Baker, Co-Director.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

And the hits just keep on rolling in. Such was the case Saturday evening, at the Rector Community Center, for Clay County Arts Council’s annual Night of Chocolate and Dinner Theatre. This year, the play was full of knee-slapping humor, hi-jinks and hilarity as “Farce of Nature” was well received by a crowd of patrons from throughout the northeast Arkansas area. Quinton Mauldin and Abby Baker co-directed the play, assisted by Caleb Higgins while Joey Pruett ran the sound. CCAC board members greeted guests in the lobby highlighted by Larry Norred dressed as an Ozark fisherman. After offering a welcome, the board introduced Michael Hollis who conducted the auction. Special guest Miss Clay County Sarah Robinson assisted with the auction.

The dinner was catered by Pat Mitchell and the meal and table decorations were wonderful. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, Barry Johnson, Christina Cox Art Studio, Piggott State Bank, Clay Ridge Emergency Staffing and others contributed to the excellent auction items. Traveling Wisk donated two especially large carrot cakes. Other items included a rod and reel plus a great tackle box, a quail hunt with all the trimmings, and a one-night stay in the Wilson Guesthouse and $150 dinner certificate at the Wilson Café. The funds raised from the auction are designated for the Scholarship and Grant portion of Clay County Arts Council’s mission.

The cast brought many years of stage experience to their roles. They were expertly cast and directed by Mauldin and , assisted by Higgins. The audience responded to the uproarious comedy with applause and spontaneous laughs. “It was fun and we’re so glad that everybody enjoyed the play. The cast put a tremendous amount of time and effort into their portrayals,” noted Mauldin.

In response, audience members could be heard saying, “This was the funniest one ever,” referring to other CCAC productions. “I just loved how funny it was. Yes, it was a bit risqué in parts, but we’re all adults,” said another patron. A spokes person for CCAC Board commented, “The casting was perfect and the comedic timing showed their experience. They were like professionals!”

Friday night’s dress rehearsal performance was open to friends and family and donations to CCAC were accepted at the conclusion. In addition, each actor and actress received monetary “votes” for best actress and best actor, with plaques given as awards. It was an addition to the standard dress rehearsal evening and was well-received.

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