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by ANGEL CANEZ
Pima Community College Center for the Arts will be putting on its first play of 2020 with its production of the 1952 Gene Kelly Hollywood classic comedy, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
“Singin’ in the Rain” is slated to be much bigger, with an expected cast size of at least 23 people on stage and another 10 to 15 working behind the scenes.
Last year’s big musical for Pima was “Mamma Mia.” Pima has its work cut out for them as “Singin’ in the Rain” is widely considered by many to be the greatest musicals to ever grace the film screen.
“You have an entire background of people to help support and make the show really come alive,” said Stefan Baker-Horton, who plays the muiscal ensemble.
The production runs from Feb. 20 to March 1. Showtimes will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. There will be an extra prime-time showing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The show will be hosted at the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre at the West Campus.
Tickets prices range from $18 to $24 for general admission except for Feb. 26 when Pima is hosting the Molly Starr Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser. Tickets will range from $75 to $800 for a table of eight, with dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is being directed by Todd Poelstra, who also headed up “Mamma Mia” last year.
“ ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is perhaps the greatest movie musical ever,” Poelstra said. “It is rarely produced on college stages.
“The dancing is challenging yet achievable, with great character parts. You can be on stage and not be the greatest singer or be on stage and not be the greatest dancer.”
Tristan Acevedo – Don Lockwood
Alden Lester – Cosmo Brown
Veronica Conran – Lina Lamond
Kyndall Viapiano – Kathy Selden
Adrian Ford – R.F. Simpson
Kyle Odell – Roscoe Dexter
Shann Oliver – Dora Bailey
Gianbari Deborah Deebom – Miss Dinsmore/ Male Diction Teacher
Alli Rowe – Zelda Zanders
Brianna Tapia – Lady-in-waiting
Samuel Allwin – Sid Phillips
Stefan Baker-Horton – Production singer
Daniel Palm – Rod/Policeman
Chaya Evans – Young Dom
Ciel McNulty – Young Cosmo
Emily Nickerson – 1st assistant director
Saun’Rae Nez – 2nd assistant director
Stacey Posey – 3rd assistant director
Michael Lujan – Villain
Trinity Si – Olga Mara
Abigail Ford – Mary Margaret
Madison Peden – Wardrobe mistress
Mary Tran – Hairdresser