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Dangberg melodrama cools down a hot topic

Water is a hot topic in Carson Valley, so the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is inviting the community to cool down with an old-fashioned melodrama.

“River of Dreams; or, Water You Doing in Carson Valley” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday and July 27 on the park’s east lawn.

The production includes a villain, a heroine, a stationmaster and variety of other colorful characters investigating the lack of water in Douglas County. Audiences have the chance to boo the villain, cheer for the heroine, and otherwise contribute to the merriment.

“The annual melodrama is the highlight of the summer,” said the park’s curator, Mark Jensen. “We are truly thankful for the volunteer effort that goes into making it a fun event for everyone.”

Written by Dave Thomas and directed by Linda Diego, the production will be performed in front of the historic Dangberg ranch house. Cast members are Dianna Borges, Dwight Borges, Kim Copel, Linda Diego, Mark Jensen, Sue Knight , Carol Schirlls, Ron Sandstrom, Bill Sweeney, Teri Sweeney and Gary Weidner. Camille Maalouf will perform a special musical number in the show’s finale.

Linda Sandstrom provides the piano accompaniment, with Bill and Joyce Tenbensel on sound effects and Norris Edson managing the sound. Sign guys Thomas Rao and Jacob Yeoman will help with audience prompts. Bil Luckey and Ellen Caywood round out the crew, managing props and other support.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for ages 16 and younger. The gate opens at 4:30 p.m. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase by the Friends of Dangberg, but food service will not be available at this event. Ticketholders are invited to bring their own picnic, snacks and beverages if they choose, and should bring lawn chairs, blankets or other seating as desired. Shaded areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch. The friends is a Nevada corporation dedicated to the preservation of the park’s eight historic structures and large collection of original artifacts, photographs and documents. The group also works to provide public programming at the park, including school field trips, guided history tours, concerts, wedding rentals and other events.

In support of the Friends of Dangberg, visitors can also buy tickets for a 50/50 raffle and shop for books, jewelry and gifts in the museum’s store.

Dogs are not permitted in the park, with the exception of certified service animals.

Adult tickets can be purchased by cash or check in Gardnerville at Battle Born Wine, 1448 Highway 395, or Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, 1503 Highway 395. Tickets can also be purchased online using a credit card at If still available, adult tickets will be sold at the gate until the park’s capacity is reached, using cash or check, with children’s tickets only available at the gate.

The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, just north of the Carson Valley Animal Hospital. For more information, email, or call 783-9417.

The melodrama is made possible by the support of Bently Enterprises, SoaringNV, Douglas County, the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, American Family Insurance and Mark Smith Agency. The 300 contributing members of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch also provide additional support.

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 20, 2014 12:26PM Published Jul 17, 2014 11:09AM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.