Jackson County Community Theater kicks off their first-ever performance with the classic family-friendly musical, The Music Man, by Meredith Willson. The play, described in a press release as a “…colorful, funny, and heart-warming production featuring singing, dancing, and acting,” will run from Thursday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 11 at the ASU Center for the Arts in Newport.
The Jackson County Community Theater (JCCT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling local citizens to participate in live theater performances while bringing fun, quality productions to Jackson County.
“This really just started out as a conversation between friends,” says Susan Johnson, president of the JCCT board. “We were talking about how many talented people we have in our community and wishing we had a venue to showcase their talents, and three weeks later we were holding auditions.”
The production features a cast and crew of over sixty citizens from Jackson County and the surrounding areas, ranging in age from six to 70 years old. Donations from area businesses, groups, and community members are the primary source of funding for the production. The Jackson County Community Theater board recognizes their major sponsors: ASU-Newport, Cindy Ward (in memory of Jane Parnell), Moving Jackson County Forward, Merchants and Planters Bank, George Kell Motors, C & C Distributors, Arkansas Steel Associates, First Community Bank, Unity Health, and Watson & Watson Attorneys.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children twelve and under. Tickets are available at all Merchants and Planters Bank locations, the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, First Community Bank in Newport, and at the door on performance days.
Interested parties can learn more about the show, cast, and crew members by liking their Facebook page, Jackson County Community Theater.