Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Onion Skin Players

Yesterday evening we had an outing with Char and Chuck and Chuck's aunt Char. We started with dinner at a Chinese Restaurant and finished at the Star Theater in Weiser, Idaho. The production was a Melodrama presented by the Onion Skin Players entitled "Ruckus at Cowboy U or Who's Hugh". It was an old fashioned Melodrama with boos for the villain, hisses for his female accomplice and cheers for the hero and sighs for his lady. The Onion Skin Players are a group of amateurs who have been putting on shows for 23 years. The shows are written by cast members and feature old songs for all to sing although the lyrics have been tweaked to fit the show. We had a fantastic time leaving at the end of the show hoarse from booing, hissing, cheering, sighing and singing.
The theater is a long narrow former movie theater built in the late teens of the past century. Art Deco design is everywhere especially the lighting sconces. They are probably worth a lot of money from a designer or collector.
The cast wanders among the crowd as they find their seats. I was met by a buxom dance hall girl who could not resist my bald head so she planted a kiss on the shiny dome of my head. A grand time was had by all. Yes, I washed it off when we got home.

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