Roll on down to Gardnerville
by Sharlene Irete
The fun of melodramas is to cheer when the hero appears, boo when the villain twirls his mustache, and applaud when either the sheriff or the heroine gets their man.
The Douglas County Historical Society presents their annual melodrama, “Rolling Down to Gardnerville” or “I Will Make Her Mine!” at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Feb. 3-6.
Linda Sandstrom provides the old-timey piano music to set the tone of coming scenes with the appropriate heroic or villainous themes. And if you still don’t know when to hiss, boo or cheer, director Maggie Allen said she’s enlisted Douglas High School students to help prompt the audience.
“The students will hold up signs. We’re hoping people really get into it,” Allen said.
The annual melodramas are the biggest fundraiser for the Douglas County Historical Society. Allen said the performers and the people behind the scenes contribute to the success of the productions.
“The cooperative effort is mind-blowing,” she said. “The group contributes everything – their time, the costumes and make-up. It’s such an outstanding expression of community effort. It’s important to me that they’re having a good time.”
Allen said she’s been involved in the melodramas as a heroine and stage manager, but this is her first year as director. Sue Smith, who had directed her husband John Smith’s melodramas for several years, has been ill. This year’s production of “Rolling Down to Gardnerville” was written by Dave Thomas.
“We’re dedicating our melodrama to John and Sue Smith,” said Allen. “We’re standing on their shoulders. They’ve made these melodramas possible.
“Rolling Down to Gardnerville” or “I Will Make Her Mine!” is performed Feb. 3-6 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.
The lasagna dinner shows on Feb. 4 and 5 are $25 per person, $20 for DCHS members.
The Feb. 6 luncheon matinee is $15 per person, $10 for DCHS members.
Tickets available at the museum, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 782-2555 to reserve by credit card.
A Feb. 3 dress rehearsal performance has been added. Doors open at 6 p.m., performance at 6:30 p.m. No advance tickets or reservations for this performance. Admission is $7 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wine and beverages are available for purchase at all performances.
Keep those cards coming for melodrama friend and supporter Sue Smith. Send cards in care of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 N., Gardnerville, NV 89410.