July 6, 2016
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Original melodrama premieres at Cottage Theatre July 15-17
Cottage Grove, OR — Some dastardly "butter bandits" take the stage soon during Cottage Theatre's 10th annual Bohemia Mining Days melodrama. As the Butter Churns . . . OR All That Glitters is Not Gold was written especially for Cottage Theatre by local playwright Keith Kessler. The family-friendly melodrama will run for three performances on July 15, 16, and 17 at Cottage Theatre.
This year's melodrama takes place in Leaven-Worth, Oregon, where the Butterworth Mafia, led by Big "Paddy" Butterworth and his Butter Bandits, are slowly taking over the town. The rest of the townsfolk are "neck deep in debt" and things are going from bad to worse. Meanwhile, the local acting troupe, the Something's Rotten Players, are getting ready for their premiere performance of "Much A'Dough About Muffin" at the annual "Stairway to Leaven" Festival. Can the good citizens of Leaven-Worth stop the Butter Bandits before they ruin the Festival and achieve (gasp!) "total town domination"?
As the Butter Churns . . . OR All That Glitters is Not Gold features 34 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, Campbell Conforth, Kenady Conforth, Hailey Cook, Hailey Daquilanto, Aiden Dickinson, Abigail Earlywine, AJ Earlywine, Cedar Earlywine, Ireland Ellis, Kate Fairbairn, Rhea Florez, Josie Hitt, Jenna Hovet, Owen Hovet, Maci John, Bryce Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Samantha Lind, Hannah Mathis, Connor Mayhue, Cormac Mayhue, Isabelle Moreau, Eliana Piltz, Darcy Rust, Grace Sisson, Elise Smith, Catelyn St. Clair, Hayes Valley, Noe Valley, Maia Wilhour, and Piper Youngmayr.
Performances are Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 beginning at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, July 17 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. All seating is reserved and tickets are $7 for all ages. Advance purchase is recommended.