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Actors needed for IVT melodramas

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Indian Valley Theatre is getting ready for its traditional melodramas at the 127th annual Sandwich Fair. This year, audiences will be treated to two classic melodramas with puns and jokes galore, and local talent is needed to fill all roles.

In the first melodrama, “Somebody Stole My Baby Ruth, or, Foil That Villain,” young widow Penny Candy and her baby, Ruth, are taken in by her sweet Aunt Praline, owner of The Sweet Shoppe candy store. But the villainous Sidney Swindle is determined to buy the shop, even if it means doing away with Aunt Praline and her heirs. The hilarious scheme involves kidnapping Baby Ruth and attempting to burn down The Sweet Shoppe, and includes a wild chase through the audience, in which audience members are pelted with candy.

In “The Fairest Flower of the South, or, To Know Her is to Love Her,” the Culpepper family of Magnolia Plantation in Mississippi is recovering from the Civil War. The disoriented Col. Culpepper fights on as his daughter tries to come up with the cash to replant the cotton crop. She turns the plantation into an inn, and she and her first guest fall in love under the approving eye of the man’s mother, who believes the girl to be wealthy. Comedy ensues when the Culpeppers’ financial situation comes to light and the villain begins “trifling” with the mother’s affections, but in the end, love conquers all.

No experience is necessary to participate in the melodramas, and the only skill needed is the ability to have fun. Men and women 14 and older are welcome to audition from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 30, at the Sandwich Opera House. No appointment necessary.

For more information visit or call 888-365-8889.

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