Triangle Club stages Old Time Melodrama
The Julian Triangle Club presents its 56th annual Old Time Melodrama every weekend in October.
This year’s play is “‘B’ Mine Forever,” or “I Get the Mine and You Get the Shaft.”
Lovely Melody Moonstruck, her good friend Prudence Poorhouse, and handsome hero Digger Malone each own gold mines—at least they are supposed to be gold mines—and Melody needs to strike it rich so she can marry Digger.
But so far, all the mines have come up with is a small amount of silver. Then why is the evil villain, known as Blackie, trying to obtain the mines by hook or crook (mostly crook)? And can Blackie really trust his accomplice, wicked La Verne Laredo?
Between acts will be an “olio” (variety show) featuring junior cancan dancers, local talent acts, and the famous Triangle Club Chorus (a.k.a. Julian Floozies), entertaining with hilarious old-time songs. Olio acts may differ for each performance.
The audience is always encouraged to participate by booing the villain, cheering the hero, and crying “awwww” for the sweet heroine. Sometimes the characters need warning or advice—but keep it clean—it’s a family show.
Participation in the all-volunteer amateur production requires quite a time commitment, which has been shared for more than half a century by almost every family in Julian. Former director Bobbi Green, who was involved in the melodrama for close to five decades (35 years as director), has retireed and has turned her director’s chair and megaphone over to Garnette Welch, who has produced and directed most of the Julian High School plays.
The melodrama is presented each year during Julian Apple Days, a community effort that demonstrates the lively spirit of the town. Proceeds from the melodrama go toward scholarships for Julian graduating seniors and to sponsor local youth organizations and activities. Profits are also used to help sponsor local events such as the old-fashioned 4th of July Parade and a visit from Santa Claus to the historic Julian Town Hall for the children’s Christmas party.
The play, presented at the town hall on the corner of Main Street and Washington, opened Oct. 5 and continues through Oct. 27. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:15 p.m. Sunday matinee will be on Oct. 21 only.
Adult prices are: matinees, $8; evenings, $10. For all performances, children age 12 and younger are admitted for $2 and children under 2 are free.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Julian Chamber of Commerce office in Julian Town Hall throughout the week and up to 90 minutes before each performance. To order tickets by mail, send a check to the Julian Triangle Club, P.O. Box 115, Julian, CA 92036-0115—be sure to include the date, performance, and number of adults and children, along with your mailing address and phone number.
For more ticket information, leave a message at 760-765-0526.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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