Oroville’s melodrama players, aka Hocks Unlimited, are preparing for their 42nd summer production, “The Shame of Tombstone . . . or Dirty Work at the Lucky Cuss”, by permission of the Pioneer Drama Co., Inc. Director Shirley Bugado has found talent for a drama that takes place in Tombstone, Arizona, complete with musical numbers and comedy to keep you on the edge of your seats. The three act play will be presented July 14-15-16-21-22, curtain on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and the Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM. at the Monday Club at 2385 Montgomery Street, Oroville. The building is air conditioned for your comfort and seating is at large tables or card tables but there will not be any reserved seating. Doors open at 7:00 PM. and parking available on Montgomery Street across from the Monday Club. Bring the kids, grandparents and neighbors—come once, have fun, boo, hiss —come back!!
The notorious and nasty villain, Mortimor Harshly, played by Loren Ott, along with Sidekick Don Green, Old Timer, Dave Enloe and the brassy Peachy Jamm as portrayed by Dell DeMeyer, will earn boo’s and hisses as the story unfolds. The widow Allison Cardwell, town gossip Barbara Daggett, “whose tongue wags like a pump handle”, a delightful French maid, Jennifer Beers, a Harvard-graduated Indian, Heather Cardwell, and the beautiful young heroine, Annika Pearson, the hero Damon Robison, a strange Oriental visitor, Alex Regulado, and an unknown woman, Brooke Sundahl. all add mystery to the plot. Just who is the mysterious Masked Canary? Act two will feature a complete vaudeville variety show in the Lucky Cuss Saloon, directed by Heather Cardwell, featuring songs, dances and lots of fun while the audience can get in on the act while enjoying refreshments. Musical director and piano accompanist is Linda James.
Hocks Unlimited was started by Jane Jette Hammer back in 1970 and the small group of players has presented 41 plays since then. When Mrs. Hammer moved to the Bay Area, Dell DeMeyer and Shirley Bugado started it back up in 2000 and have enjoyed working with the local Rotary Clubs that manage the Monday Club Foundation. Casting is usually by invitation but anyone interested in getting involved is encouraged to call director Shirley Bugado. Hock’s members work closely with the Birdcage Theater and appreciate their assistance with rehearsal space, storage and support both on stage and behind the scenes. Local advertising sponsors are also appreciated and beer drinkers will enjoy Feather River Brewery’s finest brew along with freshly popped popcorn and sodas of your choice. All publicity, sales promotions, costumes, and production is done by volunteers and Chuck Gilmore, House Manager, arranges for the kitchen servers and supplies. Hocks is a not-for-profit organization and use any and all proceeds towards a new play for the coming year and to pay for any rentals or services necessary.
Tickets are $15.00 and include sodas, beer and popcorn, available at Marcozzi Jewelers, corner of Bird and Myers Streets, Eventbrite or at the door. For more information call 534-3133.