Yosemite High School senior J.R. Romero is no stranger to the Golden Chain Theatre stage, having appeared in six melodramas over the past three years. The 18-year-old played the hero in "Only An Orphan Girl," the split personality 'Wingtip' in "Shame of Tombstone" and was the villain in "The Shagwood Secret."
What is new for Romero is taking on the writing, directing and producing a melodrama for his senior project.
He presented his script for "The Cruel Banker of Coarsegold ... or ... "Don't Hiss Me Off" to the Golden Chain Theatre board of directors, who welcomed J.R. and his script with open arms. His script was done in complete outline, including costumes, props and olios for his production.
"I've been pondering what to do for my senior project ever since I was a freshman," Romero said. "Since I have been a part of the theatre, I had this dream to write shows, plays and direct -- so it hit me to write and direct this hour long melodrama."
Romero's melodrama has a cast of four including the hero, Randy Braveheart, a brave and strong young man, although a bit short on brain power. Holly Sweetheart, a sweet innocent and darling heroine who is pursued by all -- Holly's mother, Widow Sweetheart, is a kindhearted lady looking out for her daughter's best interests and last, but not least, the villain, Sylvester Blackheart, a cruel banker who holds the note and wants to close on Mrs. Sweetheart's bakery.
Auditions for the roles will be held between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29 at the Golden Chain Theatre, north of Oakhurst on Highway 41.
The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and at 2 p.m on Sunday, March 17.
"This is going to be a fun and entertaining show and I encourage anyone interested to come to try out for the melodrama.
Details: J.R. Romero, (559) 683-2839 or Mary Lou Finley, (559) 683-3789.