Melodrama’s second weekend begins Friday |

Melodrama’s second weekend begins Friday

by Caryn Haller

Audience members at the Pau-Wa-Lu Players’ presentation of “Shootout at Sadie’s Saloon” will be kept busy during the performance throwing popcorn, booing for bad guys and cheering for the hero.

The second weekend of the play involving villains, damsels-in- distress and temperance leaders begins 7 p.m. Friday at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.

“Shootout at Sadie’s Saloon” director Rich Garrett describes the play as, “ridiculous” and “not a serious piece by any stretch of the imagination.”

“In a melodrama there are some things that are absolutely outside the realm of normal, Garrett said. “It’s a different style of play than we’ve done in the past. It’s very audience-involved.”

Ryan Long, 13, enjoys playing villain Dirk Devious who plans to take the saloon from Sadie.

“He’s a gambler guy who cheats and really wants the saloon,” Ryan said. “I enjoy getting to yell at people, and playing a vicious person is really fun.”

Temperance leader Hazel Hoochater is played by 13-year-old Ali Cronin who said this play is more fun than others she’s acted in.

“I get to be really mean, and I also get to act drunk on stage,” Ali said. “It’s like other parts I’ve played, but she’s meaner and more annoying.”

Brynn Rothfusz, 13, said out of the seven plays she’s acted in portraying saloon owner Sadie Spencer was her favorite.

“I like how Sadie is confident and funny. She’s very bright and smart,” Brynn said. “In the beginning she’s not really sure what to do, and in the end she figures it all out, and she’s confident about her decision.”

“Shootout at Sadie’s Saloon” is comprised of students from Pau-Wa-Lu and Carson Valley Middle Schools.

Performances are 7p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Show tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Tickets are available at the door. For more information contact 265-6100 or e-mail