Originally Published: September 3, 2002 6:10 p.m.
A movie crew will use Prescott as the backdrop for a new independent movie later this week that will bring filming activity to local streets.
According to information from the City of Prescott, Executive Producer William Blair and Director Joey Travolta will bring the cast and crew for the independent film, "Saguaro Ranch Summer," to Prescott on Thursday and Friday.
Blair is a former Prescott resident who wrote the "Saguaro Ranch Summer" script, which chronicles the adventures of two brothers attending summer camp, one as a camp counselor and one as a camper. Lee Majors of "Big Valley" and "Six Million Dollar Man" fame stars as the owner of the summer camp.
Travolta, the older brother of actor John Travolta, is an actor-director with multiple film credits.
The movie production schedule calls for Prescott shoots on Thursday and Friday. Temporary parking and traffic restrictions will occur during filming at specific locations.
During filming at the courthouse plaza and near the TCBY store on Gurley Street Thursday morning, no parking will be available adjacent to the plaza on Gurley, and adjacent to the plaza on Cortez Street between Gurley and Union streets.
Thursday afternoon, the production crew moves to South Mount Vernon Street. Workers will halt traffic on South Mount Vernon for periods of as long as five minutes during daytime filming.
North Highway 89, in the vicinity of the Granite Dells, is the setting for a driving scene Friday morning. Motorists should be prepared for slower traffic on the highway Friday morning, along with possibly intermittent delays.
Friday night, crews will return to South Mount Vernon, where, at about 7 p.m., the road will close to all but local traffic. Crews will divert all other traffic to Carleton or Gurley streets to accommodate filming.
"Saguaro Ranch Summer" is the first movie to film in Prescott since "The Cactus Kid" filmed here in 1999. Also an independent film, "The Cactus Kid" premiered at the Elks Opera House.