Mellerdrammer by Vern Harden
Friday July 20 to Saturday August 25, 2007
Directed by Doris Merten
Filled with puns, punches, and munchable moose muffins, this classic melodrama set in the roomy (by that we mean almost always vacant) Dead Moose Lodge has a myriad of amusing characters (a must), plot twists (a necessity), and exaggerated scenes (defines melodrama) that the audience will adore.
From the harried heroine, Marginally Modest (it’s the “margin” that bothers us!) to the villainous Brad Apple (one “Brad Apple” spoiled the bunch) to our splendidly honest hero, Seymore Stoutfellow (brains are not issued to an officer of the law) . . . the entire cast has a moment to steal the show - give ‘em an inch, they take a mile!
In this meller drammer, Ma Belle fights to save the Dead Moose Lodge from repossession and somehow manages to hold off the selfish advances of the lecherous Judge Jury McBribe.
While Granny Fanny is searching for a husband, Prunehilda fights to defend her honor, even though no one is threatening it.
Willimena Worm falls madly in love with Turkey O’Trot and fills him with moose munchies. Then Ruben Z. Patsy, undercover judge posing as an inept bumbler, arrives to sentence the guilty and perform the weddings.
In the end, the heroine Marge Modest is saved by Seymore Stoutfellow from the dastardly villain Brad Apple.