The Julian Triangle Club is "fired up" for an all new Melodrama with Garnette Welch at the helm as director. The play, The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt or Always Wash your Long Johns 'Cause it Makes a Lotta "Cents" is one that has never been performed in Julian before. It was written by Tim Kelly of Pioneer Drama Services, Inc.
Here is a synopsis:
With so many miners in Julian during the gold rush, the laundries are doing a good business. Our hero, the young sheriff, Jack B Nimble, is in love with the orphan heroine, Sweet Sally, but every time he gets close he turns into a babbling fool. The villain, Phineas Flatworm, finds out that Sweet Sally's boss, the owner of the Tub & Scrub, has amassed a tidy sum by rinsing gold flecks out of the miners’ clothing. If he could become the owner the one-and-only laundry in Julian, he’d have more than Midas! With the aid of his equally villainous mother and his ditsy dancehall girlfriend, Lola-Lola, he carries out his dastardly plot to get control of the "Tub and Scrub" as the other laundries "mysteriously" burn down. Will Jack be able to cleanse the town of its dirty deeds? Does he even have a "ghost" of a chance? Will he ever conquer his shyness and propose to Sweet Sally?
To find out the answers to these and other questions and join in the booing and cheering audience participation, be sure to mark your calendars for the 58th annual traditional old time Melodrama in the Julian Town Hall. Every Friday and Saturday night in October at 7PM, and matinees every Saturday afternoon and the two middle Sundays at 2PM.
This year's cast includes Sandi Bennett, Marty Emery, Stacy Hodo, Barbara Keresztury, Stephen Gannon, Richard Liggett, Mickayla McDowel, Kevin O'Connor, and Ali and Nikki Arias.
The evening performances will include the full 15 minute old fashioned sing-along and a variety of entertaining Olio acts by local talent, as usual, in between the acts of the play. Tickets are $10 for everyone over 12, children are $5 but a family of 4 is $25.
Nancy Kramer and Sunday Dutro are the co-directors of the Triangle Club Chorus Group (AKA “the Floozies”) and they have some fun songs planned for this year, between the acts. They are also in charge of the CanCan girls, ages 8-11. Their dance routine was choreographed by Gwen Hernandez of the Ramona Julian Academy of Dance.
Opening night is Friday, Oct 3rd and proceeds will go to the late Bobbi Green Scholarship Fund for the Arts or Nursing. Bobbie played an active roll in the production of the Melodrama, first as the Heroine and much longer as the director, for a total of almost 40 years. Funds from the closing Saturday night performance will go to the Town Hall downstairs restoration project. Proceeds from all other performances go into the general Triangle Club's Julian Scholarship and Youth Programs fund.
Tickets are for sale at the Town Hall Chamber Office and at the door. Advance reservations can also be taken by phone with a credit card. Please see our website www.JulianMelodrama.com for more information or group sales.