July 13, 2015
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Original melodrama premieres at Cottage Theatre July 17-19
Cottage Grove, OR — A villainous Mayor takes the stage this weekend during Cottage Theatre's 9th annual Bohemia Mining Days melodrama. By Wing, By Wheel, By Engine of Steel . . . OR The Mayor Has Loco-Motives was written especially for Cottage Theatre by local playwright Keith Kessler. The family-friendly melodrama will run for three performances on July 17, 18, and 19 at Cottage Theatre.
This year's melodrama is set in 1871 in Bohemia City, Oregon. 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 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 Goose locomotive, and race away to the Mexican border to become filthy rich.
By Wing, By Wheel, By Engine of Steel . . . OR The Mayor Has Loco-Motives features 29 youth actors (ages 9 - 14) from Cottage Theatre's summer melodrama camp. This show is appropriate for all ages and includes plenty of audience participation (in the form of booing and hissing and cheering) as well as an old-fashioned sing-along. In keeping with classic melodrama tradition, "Olios" (silly jokes which have nothing to do with the story) will also be performed. There will also be a pre-show performance showcasing some of the music and dance techniques taught during the two-week summer camp.
This year's Bohemia Mining Days melodrama is directed by Janet Rust, with music direction by Catricia Mayhue. The cast includes Maia Andrews, Lafe Bennett, Kira Carver, Alexis Christie, Campbell Conforth, Kenady Conforth, Hailey Cook, Aiden Dickinson, Abigail Earlywine, AJ Earlywine, Cedar Earlywine, Ireland Ellis, Kate Fairbairn, Rhea Florez, Connor Gill, Jenna Hovet, Owen Hovet, Claire Jenkins, Calvin Johnson, Hannah Mathis, Aislyn Morrill, Samuel Pearson, Eliana Piltz, Darcy Rust, Elise Smith, Catelyn St. Clair, Isabel Thompson, Maia Wilhour, and Piper Youngmayr.
Performances are Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 beginning at 7:00 pm and Sunday, July 19 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances. Tickets (reserved seating) are $7 for all ages. Advance purchase is recommended.