This year, audiences at the Sandwich Fair will be treated to two classic melodramas at the Indian Valley Theatre Melodrama Tent that will be chock full of puns and jokes galore: “Just Another Melodrama,” written and directed by Kaitlyn Gradert, and “Robber’s Roost,” written by John Burkhart and directed by Sue Graham.
In “Just Another Melodrama,” Miss May and Miss June’s Saloon has been down in the dumps the past year. After their father died, they had no idea what to do.
Their father’s will is missing and no one, including their mother, has any idea where it is located. Their mother is actually just an evil woman who is believed to have killed their father with a poisoned bottle of Jack.
The saloon is thought to have been left to Miss June, the eldest daughter, but Miss May does not believe it. Miss May has a plan to take the saloon away from her sister with a little help from her friend the sheriff.
Many interesting folks frequent the saloon, including Hank, the town drunk who will come in handy later, and the gorgeous saloon girl Scarlett. Where is the will? Who will wind up inheriting the saloon? Stay tuned.
The cast includes Heather Vogt (May) from Yorkville; Brittany Watne (June) from Hinckley; Jen Ketchum (Scarlett), Ahren Lehner (Sheriff) and Michele Wade (April), all from Sandwich; and Patrick Morrey (Hank) from Yorkville.
The second melodrama, “Robber’s Roost,” is set in the remote hills north of the Dismal River. Ma Quigley runs a haven for criminals, and all outlaws are welcome as long as they share their loot with Ma.
Slowpoke Jones always seems to have loot to share. Slippery Sam Sidewinder, the meanest outlaw west of the Dismal River, never has any money to pay for his room and board. Ramona Scalawag, the meanest outlaw east of the Dismal, always seems to visit when Slowpoke is there.
Lovely Annabel Smith arrives with a bad case of amnesia, but has a valise full of bank notes in her possession. She has no idea where the money came from, but thinks she must be an outlaw.
One of these folks is really a lawman (or lawwoman) trying to bring them all to justice. It’s all settled in true western fashion at the end of this thrilling melodrama.
The cast includes Linda Johnson (Annabel Smith) and Sue Graham (Ma Quigley), both from Somonauk; Greg Peterson (Slowpoke Jones) from Earlville; Joyce Schumpert (Ramona Scalawag) from Oswego; and Caitlin Carlson (Sam Sidewinder) from Sandwich.
The Sandwich Fair takes place Sept. 5-9. Watch for further notice on showtimes.