Can Twigbucket keep his gold?

Veteran director stages melodrama at Steamboat Mountain Theater

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Booing, hissing and general catcalling will be encouraged Thursday night, when Steamboat Mountain Theater hosts the melodrama, "The Secret of Yonder Mountain."

"This production is for all ages," director Mike Walsh said. "Little kids like it as well as rowdy adults. It's really not rude at all. There's one line in the whole play that's rude."

What: Melodrama, "The Secret of Yonder Mountain"

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and March 9

Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater (across from Torian Plum Plaza in Ski Time Square)

Cost: $10 for adults; $6 for children (show suitable for all ages)

The story unfolds in the North Routt community of Clark and spins around the misguided attempt of hero Cyril Twigbucket (played by Scott Parker) to prospect for gold during the dead of winter.

As we join the story, Twigbucket's betrothed Perse-phone Proudheart (Elizabeth Marcon) is distraught.

"She comes into the saloon (where she doesn't belong) because she doesn't know who to turn to," Walsh said. "Her fiance has been lost in a blizzard all these many weeks."

Villain Rhinestone Fred (Kelly Anzalone) senses a rube and attempts to take advantage of Persephone. His schemes to find the source of Cyril's gold create the dramatic tension in the play.

"If this week's audience is anything like last week's, it will be extremely vocal," Walsh predicted.

When the wayward hero stumbles into view, Rhinestone stashes him in an unlikely spot. Twigbucket's reappearance provides some of the most over-the-top hilarity of the entire production.

Other players include Patty Zimmer as the Widow Proudheart, Gina Wither as Gold Dust Gerty -- the head saloon girl who tempts Cyril, and Walsh as Clark Clark, the best bartender in all of Clark.

"The Secret of Yonder Mountain" shouldn't be confused with the Victorian genre of melodramas, Walsh said. It was written by Robert Fulton Kennedy in 1960, and Walsh promises it is loaded with humor that resonates with modern audiences. He's been producing the same melodrama for many years.

The Steamboat Mountain Theater offers the advantage of elevated seating as well as strong acoustics that let all the punch lines come through and do justice to the music of keyboard player Andy Pratt.

-- To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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