Getting "Fired up" for the 60th Annual October Melodrama
The Julian Triangle Club
It’s 60th Annual Melodrama
The Stalwart Surveyor
The Man Who Sank the Cuyamaca Float
This is a very special year for the Julian Melodrama - our 60th Anniversary! The play that director Stacy Hodo has chosen for this momentous event is the first Melodrama that was written specifically for and about our town. This comedy play, written by Julian residents, Patsy and Wally McFarland, was first performed 49 years ago, in 1957 as Julian’s 2nd Melodrama and has been brought back by popular demand several other times over the last 5 decades.
As always, the story is loosely based on the history of Julian and features a heroine in distress with the handsome, robust hero rescuing her from the evil villain. The Stalwart Surveyor or The man who sank the Cuyamaca Float is a comedy about actual events surrounding a property dispute that took place in the Julian-Cuyamaca Lake area; about an evil-dooer trying to acquire land through shady, illegal means and the surveyor who persevered to save the land for it’s rightful owners. Of course, there is romance brewing and tense moments when danger lurks and all seems lost.
Cast of Characters-
Desmond Delancy- the Villain, designer of dastardly deeds; Archibald Gimlet – The stalwart hero, delivers straight lines; Amanda, our heroine, forever true though somewhat blue; Judge Potter – Amanda’s father and a nervous but willing game player; , Mrs Potter – Amanda’s mother, always keeps her head when all about her…..; Madam Tigley – A Grand Dame of many notes; Minor Muphy – A real digger, fond of Julian’s fractured schists; Mrs Smith- A colorful lady minor who sifts the schists (try to say that quickly!) and other local yokles and hokie locals.
Participation in the all-volunteer amateur production is a huge time commitment, which has been shared over the past 50 years by almost every family in Julian. It’s held during October Apple Days, a community effort that demonstrates the lively spirit of our town. Proceeds from the Melodrama go toward scholarships to Julian graduating seniors, helps support the old fashioned 4th of July Parade, brings Santa Claus to Town Hall for the children’s Christmas party, and sponsors local Youth organizations and activities.
Come join us for 90 minutes of old-fashioned, inexpensive family FUN and entertainment. Performances are at 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday nights and 2:00 PM Saturday and Sundays afternoons, four full weekends in October, starting Oct 7th. It’s being held in the same place as always, Julian’s Historic Town Hall on the corner of Main St and Washington. Tickets are $10, children under 12 are $5. Tickets are available at the Chamber Office in the Town Hall, by mail through our website or purchase online at www.JulianMelodrama.com.
More information on the Triangle Club
Thank you for your interest in a Julian Triangle Club Scholarship. Below please find a pdf version of the application form which you can complete on your computer or a Word version of the application which will need to be printed and filled out manually. Please read all the