Pima’s CFA to host ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

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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.”

Cast List

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 

 

Left to right-Alden Lester will play Cosmo Brown, Kyndall Viapiano will play Kathy Selde, and Tristan Acevedo willplay Don Lockwood in Pima community college first production in 2020 ‘Singin ‘in the Rain.”

 

 

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