The Old-Fashioned Melodrama – A Review and Recap [PHOTOS]
Have you ever been to one of those old-timey shows–where the audience boos, cheers, hisses and claps? In a theatrical performance similar to vaudeville mixed with slap-stick comedy, the Old-Fashioned Melodrama from the Cheyenne Little Theater Players is sure to tickle your funny bone.
Honestly, it’s fun for the whole family for a number of reasons:
- You get to watch the play in a historic theater building that has the original abestos curtain. The building has been professionally preserved to retain the same luster and feel of the early 20th century.
- Everyone in the audience participates. From young to old, you’ll find yourself yelling at the cast and crew–and are even encouraged. At the beginning of the play, the MC tells you what you need to do so you aren’t left in the dark.
- The set and clothing items are made by the cast and crew, or other local volunteers. Yep, everything from the Can-Can dancers’ dresses to the heroine’s get-up. There’s a broad range of talents being exhibited.
- In addition to the main act, you get to see mini-acts, called Olios, strewn throughout. Not only does this allow the cast to move things around and prepare for the next section, but it gives the audience a small brain break too. The Olios are designed to be humorous, short, and also audience-interactive.
- Beer. And Popcorn. Need we say more? Make sure to bring cash or debit cards. All proceeds go to help the Atlas Theater.
This year’s Melodrama is written by Rory Mack–a familiar name, as he’s done the previous handful of skits as well.
Check out the gallery below to see a sneak peek at this year’s magnificence:
At the start of each Melodrama—a character tells a brief synopsis so the audience understands the plot. This year? A plot to overthrow CFD. The horror!
The play combines local color (Cindy Hill and Matt Mead jokes) as well as local locations (The Hole makes another appearance this year!). There’s also some adult humor that’s worked in in such a way that it won’t offend the kiddos. Honestly–it’s great for all ages and locals/tourists alike.