Get ready to throw popcorn, boo the villain, cheer the hero and heroine, and laugh till your sides hurt as the Fort Stockton Community Theatre will present a good old-fashioned melodrama, “Dirty Work at the Crossroads – Or, Welcome Home, FSHS Grads” for three shows Wednesday, Thursday and Friday July 18, 19, 20.
The 1890s-theme play will be stage at the The Nelson Street Theatre, 102 S. Nelson St. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. nightly, with the theatre doors opening at 7:17 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 (adults) or $5 (seniors and students).
Popcorn will be available for eating and for throwing at the performers.
The melodrama was written by Bill Johnson and is being directed by Fort Stockton High School graduate, Susann Gallemore Hall (Class of 1983). Susann actually starred in this same show in 1983 when FSCT produced it when the pool was closed for repairs, as it is this year.
Hall has taken the play set in the Northeast and adapted it to West Texas. Don’t be surprised to hear some familiar names and locations woven into the humorous tale of good vs. evil.
This year’s cast includes FSCT veterans Collette Barragan starring as The Widow Lovelace; Garrett Huckaby as Adam Oakhart (the hero); Michele Huckaby as Fleurette the French maid – ooo-lala; Jordan Rychlik as Ida Rhinegold, as deep as she is dyed; Victor Valadez as Munro Murgatroyd (the villain); and Reagan Warren as Little Nell, who never knew her father.
Making their debut on the FSCT stage are Jordan Ward as Nellie Lovelace (the heroine); Steve Fountain as Mookie Maguggins, the faithful rustic; Gail Weatherby Lampier as Mrs. Upton Asterbilt, a Texas socialite; and Jaya Stroud as Leonie Asterbilt, a Texas belle.
Melodramas are good family fun; so make plans to attend!