July 12, 2017
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Family-friendly Melodrama at Cottage Theatre July 21-23
Cottage Grove, OR — The residents of Ol' Dorena need to be on their toes when a traveling hypnotist and Snake Oil purveyor comes to town! Dr. Amnesia Trance's Hypnotic Show...OR It's Mining Memories Down a Long, Dark Hole is a old-fashioned melodrama written especially for Cottage Theatre by local playwright Keith Kessler. The family-friendly production will run for three performances on July 21, 22, and 23 at Cottage Theatre.
This year's melodrama takes place in Ol' Dorena, where the citizens are in the midst of their Delightful Valley Days. Word comes that a Travelin’ Show is heading to town: Dr. Amnesia Trance’s Hypnotic Show. According to the Sherriff down in nearby Petticoat Junction, Dr. Amnesia hypnotizes people and forces them to do silly things like squawk like a chicken. She also peddles some “South American Snake Oil” that she claims will cure just about anything that ails you. The folks of Ol’ Dorena are looking forward to the excitement of a Travelin’ Show, but Dr. Amnesia has more on her mind than just entertainment. She’s heard a rumor of a long-lost hidden treasure and she’ll stop at nothing to get her hands on it!
Dr. Amnesia Trance's Hypnotic Show...OR It's Mining Memories Down a Long, Dark Hole features 27 young actors 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 melodrama is directed by Janet Rust, with music direction by Catricia Mayhue. The cast includes Lafe Bennett, Shyla Browning, Kira Carver, Alexis Christie, Campbell Conforth, Hailey Cook, Hailey Daquilanto, Aiden Dickinson, Abigail Earlywine, AJ Earlywine, Kate Fairbairn, Rhea Florez, Madisyn Froom, Claire Jenkins, Bryce Johnson, James Kelly, Aramara Caturegli Kent, Samantha Lind, Hannah Mathis, Connor Mayhue, Eliana Piltz, Darcy Rust, Grace Sisson, Elise Smith, Catelyn St. Clair, Maia Wilhour, and Piper Youngmayr.
Performances are Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 pm; and Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for all ages and all seating is reserved. Advance purchase is recommended.
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, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and one hour before performances.