Melodrama fun this weekend!
Melodrama fun this weekend!
Cottage Theatre News
July 16, 2015
Melodrama opens Friday / Quilters now on sale
Photo: Loco-Motives melodrama
Our villains: Mayor Major Payne (Calvin Johnson), his daughter Ophelia Payne (Maia Andrews), and his wife Royale Payne (Aislyn Morrill)
By Wing By Wheel By Engine of Steel
Annual Family Melodrama this weekend!
Each July, during Cottage Grove's annual Bohemia Mining Days Festival, Cottage Theatre produces a family-friendly original melodrama, the likes of which you'll not find on any other stage. The script, lovingly written especially for us by Cottage Grove playwright Keith Kessler, features roles for the 9 to 14 year-old  participants of our summer theatre camp.
The show begins with several music and dance numbers that showcase our young performers. After that, the audience warms up with an old-fashioned sing-along and plenty of booing and hissing practice in time for the main event. This is a great show for families of all ages. Tickets are just $7 for all ages, and advance purchase is recommended. Come join us for this one-of-a-kind Bohemia Mining Days tradition!
3 performances only:
Friday, July 17 at 7:00 pm (some availability)
Saturday, July 18 at 7:00 pm (best availability)
Sunday, July 19 at 2:30 pm (limited availability)
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Melodrama Plot Synopsis:
Bohemia City (1871) – The long-awaited California, Oregon and Washington Railroad Line (the C.O.W. Line) is nearing completion. It is being built from the north and the south and will connect right here in good ol’ Bohemia City. Mayor Major Payne is scheduled to drive in one of the 26 coveted Golden Spikes at a huge celebration to declare the C.O.W. Line open. Unbeknownst to the good citizens of Bohemia City, though, Mayor Major Payne and his family plan to steal the Golden Spikes, hijack the Galloping Grey Goose locomotive, and race away to the Mexican border to become filthy rich. Can the Legion of S.T.E.A.M: Sleuths, Tinkers, Engineers, Adventurers & MacGuyvers (a group of very smart orphan kids) foil the villains and save the day?
Our Heroes: The Legion of S.T.E.A.M. (Sleuths, Tinkers, Engineers, Adventurers & MacGuyvers)
Photo: Legion of STEAM
A few members of the Legion model their costumes.

Quilters tickets now on sale
After this weekend, once the villains have cleared our stage, we'll make room for a very different show, our August production of Quilters. Unlike the melodrama, which does not pretend to be historically accurate, Quilters is rooted in the very real dramas of 19th century pioneer women. Order early for best seat selection, as this show is bound to be popular!
A musical patchwork of pioneer life
By Molly Newman & Barbara Damashek
Music and Lyrics by Barbara Damashek
Based on The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art
by Patricia Cooper & Norma Bradley Allen
Directed by Eliza Roaring Springs
Music Direction by Catricia Mayhue

Based on true narratives of pioneer women, Quilters dramatizes the strenuous realities of 1800s frontier life. Prairie fires, twisters, starvation, and death are interspersed with lively, and often humorous, accounts of cabin construction, courtship, and childhood pranks. The patterns of life ─ the dark times contrasted with the light ─ are reflected in the women’s quilts, as are the connection, strength, and creativity they shared. Just as singing and dancing have helped folks survive and celebrate their lives, so too music and dance enliven this show. The message is universal and timeless: human survival depends upon our ability to embrace both laughter and tears. This uplifting and moving saga promises to warm your heart and stir your soul.
August 14, 15, 16*, 
20, 21, 22, 23*, 
27, 28, 29, 30*
(*2:30 matinee performances, all other shows at 8:00 pm)

$24 Adult / $20 Youth (age 6-18)

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