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Weed 'Em and Reap

GEM Opera company invites you to bring your 'boos' and 'cheers' to woodchoppers melodrama


Photo courtesy Mary Martin

Villain Hadley A. Heartburne, played by Joshua Wood, left, reacts to a dish provided by Chef Charles of Chattanooga, played by Kellan Swanson, center.

The Grand Encampment Opera Company presents "Mischief in the Magnolias or Weed 'Em and Reap" by P. B. Rogerson. Performing June 12, 14 & 15, 2019 in conjunction with the Encampment Riverside Woodchopper's Jamboree at the Grand Encampment Opera House, 622 Rankin, in Encampment, Wyo. All performances start promptly at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation at the door. Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services, Englewood, Colo.

Clover Leaf was a once stately mansion owned by Colonel Beauregard "Lucky" Sweetwater (Trent Swanson), and his late wife, Merry May (Rachel Swanson). Let us clarify, she's not dead ... just never on time. Alas, their ownership of this magnolia shrouded domicile is in great danger unless regularly monthly mortgage payments are resumed within twenty-four hours. If not, Clover Leaf will be auctioned off, no matter what condition it or its owners are in. This predicament may also mean the beginning of the end of finishing school for the Colonel's attractive, but socially awkward daughter, Truly Sweetwater (CayCee Cox).

What will become of the family as they face the possibility of losing their dilapidated, antebellum mansion to the villainous banker Hadley A. Heartburne (Josh Wood). Is there no way to stop the tide of misfortune from coming in their front door? Is there no one to jump in and save the day before 2 p.m. on Friday, the 13th? Maybe only by a Slim Chance (Eddie Buford). This melodrama is truly a Southern (sigh)t for sore eyes! Come share in the family filled fun as the Grand Encampment Opera Company presents "Mischief in the Magnolias".

Direct questions to Mary Martin at 326-8586 or 329-8773.


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