Friday , 15 December 2017

`Return to Calamity Gulch’ Coming Soon, thanks to McKinney Repertory Theatre

Submitted by Lisa Miller, McKinney Repertory Theatre

McKinney Repertory Theatre will once again join Ma and Pa at the Last Chance Inn along with all their neighbors of Calamity Gulch. The MRT Annual Melodrama will have the entire family happily throwing popcorn and booing the Villain, (if you can figure out who he/she is) as well as Cheering for the Heroine and Singing along with the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ (played by the fantastic Bob Whiteman).

RETURN TO CALAMITY GULCH by Whitney Ryan Garrity and Directed by Lloyd Turney will open Friday, August 3rd at 8pm and continue Saturday, August 4th, Friday, August 10th and again Saturday, August 11th at 8pm with one Matinee Performance on Sunday, August 12th at 2pm. Performances will be held in the Courtroom Theater of the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. (The Historic Courthouse),
McKinney, TX 75069. For Tickets call 214 544 4630. Group and Senior Discounts are available.

The Culpeppers open the doors once again to the Last Chance Inn, Calamity Gulch. Ma’s (Rosanna Leahy) just as harried, Pa’s (Mel Tolle) just as cantankerous and villainous Horace Prickly (Gary Powers) is just as…well villainous! This time, he plots to woo and wed the woeful Widder Black (Barbara Brunette) and take control of her fortune. It seems, however, that Horace may have to share the money with the Widder’s noble nephew, Peter Loveless (Joe Shimek)…if the young man finds a bride before the week is out. Enter two likely prospects: Pansy Perriwinkle (Nicole Holbert) (The most annoyingly sweet heroine ever to grace a melodrama stage!) and her outrageously mean sister, Violet (Katelyn Walsh). When Peter falls for the lovely Pansy, both Horace and Violet scheme to keep them apart and keep the fortune and love for themselves. An abundance of brides, outlaws (Tyler Rogness, Andrew Figueroa, Melanie Stuart, and Dan Slay), a Pretty Princess Sheriff (Lydia Stufflebean) and Calamity Crème Pies! Oh! And never forget on the piano the beautiful Ivory Keys
(Laura Powers).

As always your family can bring canned goods to exchange for popcorn, all to benefit the McKinney Food Pantry, we wouldn’t want food to go to waste now would we?

McKinney Repertory Theatre is supported in part by grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of McKinney through the McKinney Arts Commission. MRT is a 501(c)3 Organization. To learn more about McKinney Repertory Theatre visit ww.mckinneyrep.org or call 214 551 1905.

Photos: Top, The Hero, Peter Loveless (Joe Shimek) and The Villian, Horace Prickley, (Gary Powers)
— with Joe Shimek; Above, right, Clyde, (Andrew Figueroa), Clem (Tyler Rogness), and Claude (Dan Slay), Three of the Four Members of the Quicksilver Quintet

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