Tickets on sale for historical society’s annual melodrama |

Tickets on sale for historical society’s annual melodrama

by Caryn Haller

The Douglas County Historical Society’s seventh annual melodrama “Home on the Range” or “Let’s Rustle up Some Grub” is Feb. 9-12 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Be prepared to hiss, boo, and cheer with fellow Mindenites and Gardnervillians as the villain tries to thwart the law and is finally captured in the end.

“When John and Sue Smith started them, the melodramas were always loosely based on Carson Valley history and this one is too,” said writer and director Dave Thomas. “This year the theme will be agriculture in Carson Valley.”

The 14-member cast began rehearsals Jan. 2 for the melodrama that also includes three musical numbers.

“The fun is that everybody boos and hisses the villains, cheers the hero and swoons over the heroine, so there’s a lot of audience participation,” Thomas said.

Linda Sandstrom will play the old-timey piano accompaniment and western guitarist Cindy White will provide the intermission entertainment.

Thomas encouraged people to buy tickets early as they have sold out every year. This is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year to keep the doors open and replace the leaky roof.

The price for the Feb. 9 no-host cocktail show is $10. Dinner shows on Feb. 10 and 11 are $20, and the Feb. 12 luncheon matinee is $15. The Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 will provide the hot dog lunch on Sunday.

Tickets are available at the museum, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 782-2555 to reserve by credit card.