The Lantern Theatre and Conway Community Arts has announced the cast for its upcoming production of Hats! The Musical.

Hats! is the story of  49.9999 year-old Mary Ann who is having difficulty facing the Big 5-0.

Her friends gather to help her celebrate her birthday and as a result they reveal how much fun and fulfillment is still awaiting her.

Funny, witty, charming, and poignant, the play is a salute to the Red Hat Society, the national organization which promotes bonding of women over 50.

Among the songwriters contributing to the show are Melissa Manchester, Pam Tillis, and Kathie Lee Gifford.

The cast includes Velda Lueders as Mary Ann, Claudia Davis as Lady, Sherry Norrell as Princess, Becca Keith as Baroness, Donna Hutchinson as Contessa, Cindy Romeo as Duchess and Wendy Shirar as Dame.

The musical is under the direction of Liz Parker with musical accompaniment by Bryan Cole. Trent Reese is stage managing.

Production dates are April 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 pm and April 21 and 28 at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are $15 each and will be available beginning Monday, April 8. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by emailing or calling 501-733-6220 beginning April 8.

Due to mild sexual references, the play is recommended for ages 16 and older.