Each July, during Cottage Grove's annual Bohemia Mining Days Festival, Cottage Theatre produces a family-friendly original melodrama, the likes of which you'll not find on any other stage. The script, lovingly written especially for us by Cottage Grove playwright Keith Kessler, features roles for the 25 or so youth participants of our summer theatre camp.
These young actors (ages 9 through 14), accomplish in two weeks what it takes our average adult cast eight to ten weeks to master: they go from auditions through dress rehearsals to present three public performances of a fully-staged production, complete with music and choreography.
The show begins with several music and dance numbers that showcase our young performers. After that, the audience warms up with an old-fashioned sing-along and plenty of booing and hissing practice in time for the main event. This is a great show for families of all ages.
Save the date for our 2017 Melodrama:
July 21 & 22 at 7:00 pm
July 23 at 2:30 pm
Please note that, due to camp scheduling logistics, the 2017 melodrama will take place one week AFTER the Bohemia Mining Days Festival, which takes place July 13 - 16, 2017.
We will return to our usual time during the Festival in 2018.