Melodrama will be part
of sesquicentennial events
Under most circumstances, it is rude to boo at a play, but at certain parts of presentations of “The Ratcatcher’s Daughter” Aug. 12 and 13, it will be expected.
The play is a melodrama, and audience members are encouraged to boo the villains and cheer the heroes. Don’t worry; it will be clear during the play which is which.
The play, written by Tim Kelly, is part of Marion’s sesquicentennial events. It is set during the 1800s in an orphanage in Death Valley, Calif.
Todd Guetersloh is directing the play, Sandy Loveless is in charge of set design, and Alex Eurit will provide piano accompaniment. The 12 cast members are all Marion residents and range in age from high school to adult.
“We’ve got a wide range of people, and it’s going to be fantastic,” Guetersloh said.
The play will be in the Marion Community Center, which was the site for numerous school and community plays before USD 408 Performing Arts Center was constructed.
“This stage has seen a lot of plays over the years,” Guetersloh said. “This is going to be a great place for people, especially if it’s hot.”
The play will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13 at the Marion City Building. Tickets cost $3. Children under age 12 get in free if they are accompanied by an adult.