A Fun Melodrama Every Monday at the Wright Opera House This July!
My favorite thing about a melodrama is the audience participation. It is expected of the audience to involve themselves as the plot thickens.
With silly plots, and delectably hateable villains, it is easy to enjoy the adventures of protagonists and antogonists alike. Kids of all ages can holler at the hero, directing them to the damsel in distress, or warning them of the evil intentions of the bad guy.
The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt is a perfect example of the fun of a melodrama.
Villains Phineas Flatworm, and his mother, Mrs. Mugwump set out to take over all of the laundries in the small mining town of Digalittledeeper.
With the help of Lola-Lola, a dancer at the local saloon, they are able to acquire their first laundry, the Tub and Scrub, which was willed to Sweet Sally by the original owner Olympia Klenz.
Sweet Sally is in love with the ridiculously shy Sherrif who becomes a babbling fool every time she comes near him.
Through a series of “mysterious” fires, the villains quickly become the only laundry in town, and are presented with a civic award for employing so many people.
But never fear! Sally and the Sherrif are able to devise a fail safe plan to force Phineas to tell the truth…….
Is there really a ghost wandering the streets of Digalittledeeper? Will Phineas win? Is there any hope for the homeless wiafs? Will he marry Lola-Lola and take all the towns money? Will the sherriff ever get the nerve to ask Sweet Sally to marry him? Is the miner ever going to get a clean set of clothes? Will there be rapping?
These questions and so many more can only be answered every Monday evening in July at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray Colorado.