From the early 1800's until the 1920's a kind of theater evolved that had never been seen before. It did not fit the classic definitions of either drama or comedy and some interprising critic coined the word "melodrama" as a description of this new kind of theater - perfect blend of music (melody) and drama. This kind of theater came about because people wanted something in their drama which demoted reality and naturalness.
This is a "melodrama" (which always has two names, hence the double title.) It was written by Penny Dennis who first produced it in 2004. We begin with a sing-along as a pre-show event 15 minutes before curtain-time. Between each scene, we have song-and-dance teams performing songs from yore.
As you arrive for the evening's performance you will be greated by glamorous Can Can Ladies and Dapper Gents. They link their arms through yours and chat amiably with you as they escort you to your seat. When the curtain rises, sit back, relax, and enjoy the next two hours of escapism as you cheer the hero, boo the villain and tap your foot with the olio dancers. Sawdusters love audience participation.
As you leave the Sawdust Theatre, look again at what determination has created. The city of Coquille is very proud of this addition, to the downtown core, as are the Sawdust Theatre Volunteers. Come join us.