Melodrama added to Cherry Days offerings

By Kami Collins


Melodrama added to Cherry Days offerings | Paonia, Cherry Days, melodrama,

This weekend is jam-packed with lots of great family-friendly activities to celebrate "Family, Friends & Freedom" during this year's annual Cherry Days in Paonia. One event you definitely don't want to miss is a showing of the melodrama "Pillow Talk in Mattress Springs, or, No Rest for the Wicked," on Sunday, July 2, at the teen center in town park.

The Crawford Melodrama Players bring the show to Paonia from Crawford's Pioneer Days a few weeks ago. "Pillow Talk" showcases the theatrical talents of several familiar faces in the North Fork Valley, including Drew Felix, Rick Steckel, Tanya Applegate and Cally Gallegos, among others. "Pillow Talk" tells the story of the dastardly Professor Big Hairy Nightmare and his evil plan to take over the town of Mattress Springs. The show was written by Kathy and Rick Steckel; the two also direct this year's show.

The Crawford Melodrama Players have been directing and producing the melodramas for almost 40 years for Pioneer Days, and on occasion they are asked to bring their shows to other communities or venues.

Cherry Days committee member Rene Atchley said they are excited to welcome the Players to Paonia. Cherry Days historically included a skit or melodrama to the weekend's offerings of entertainment, but it's been a few years since they've had a show. "The shows were a huge draw in the past, and we're excited the Players are coming back," Atchley said. "It's a fun show. It's good solid family entertainment that I think everyone will enjoy."

Part of the enjoyment is being able to interact with the characters on stage. As with any melodrama, the boos, hisses, catcalls and cheers from the audience really elevate the show and the fun factor. So don't hesitate to call out, whistle and clap as you're watching!

There will be two showings of the melodrama, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The matinee show costs $3 per person and the evening showing is $5 per person and is a dessert show. Proceeds from the dessert show will be donated to the North Fork Ambulance Association.