For the tenth consecutive year, the Golden Chain Theatre will present a mini-melodrama, 7 p.m.. Friday, Sept. 11, as a benefit for the Marine Corps League, Griswold Mountain Detatchment No. 1121. Funds raised from the event will be used for scholarships for graduating high school students next spring.
In addition to an old fashion melodrama, “Awful Awakenings at Asphalto,” a musical tribute to all branches of the military will be performed by singers and dancers from Patti Law’s School of Dance. Performing will be the Tiny Tots, Juniors, Young Adults, and the Grub Gultch Grannies.
Awful Awakenings, written by Roger Clugston, and directed by Mary Lou Finley and Gayle Widner, takes place in 1895, in a little community near the asphalt mining fields. The scene changes dramatically when a desperate con-artist arrives in town. This unscrupulous, dastardly, rotten, no good, low down son of a politician is out to flim-flam the poor honest folks in the little hamlet of Asphalto.
The villain has heard a rumor that “where there’s asphalt, there’s gold in them thar hills,” and comes up with a plan to make the townsfolk believe the asphalt is about to run dry.
Cast members include Clester Chainrod, the hero, Roy Allison - Shooter Hooter. the mother - Roland Ott - Honey Hooter, the heroine, Alyssa Allison - Scythe Slicksnod, the Villian. The additional cast consist of the audience who have vocal lines to add to the boos, yeahs, and ahs. The Golden Chain Theatre is proud to be a part of this program with the Marine Corp for the benefit of our young graduates..
The show will open with the presentation of colors by the Yosemite High School Cadet Corps.
Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door or by contacting Jim Winneyt, (559) 658-2062.
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