Mad Possum Production Co. will produce a short film highlighting the development of the King Opera House historic site as a center for entertainment in the city since 1901.

"We hope to give the city a valuable tool which will attract more visitors to the Opera House and to Main Street," said Devon Parks, president of Mad Possum Production Co., who will direct the film. "I’m excited about the level of professionalism in our production staff, and I’m confident that the piece will be both informative and entertaining."

Members of the production staff include Chuck King, art director, and Emmy-award winning cinematographer Travis Joiner. Kevin Croxton, who also has received an Emmy award for his work in film and television music, will provide the original score. Terry McGonigle, who has designed costumes professionally in Las Vegas and New York, also is on the team.

The script represents over a year of research and relies heavily on the documentation provided by Janice Cochran, manager of the King Opera House, as well as historical archives from various sources.

The film has been funded in part by the Certified Local Government Grant through the Van Buren Historic District.

Using locations along Van Buren’s Main Street, the film will be shot over a period of four days in late December and will re-create the opera house’s glory days at the close of the Victorian period, as well as its hay-day as the Bob Burns Movie Theater in the 1940s.

Auditions for main roles and extras will be held at the King Opera House on Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available on the Mad Possum Production Co. website: