For a part of our fall church women’s retreat, we attended a melodrama presentation at Mahoney State Park. I was bit skeptical that is would work well with a retreat setting, but the event ended up being just the ticket to start our relaxing and reflective time away. The play was well-written, but I know that the actors were the true shining stars.
While our group did not throw any popcorn, watching many others try to “hit” the villain (located front and center) with the crunchy white missiles was certainly amusing. And evidently sometimes the crowd throws dollars up on stage – also quite funny to watch the actors put their feet down on top of the bills until they could pocket the money. My favorite character was the ditzy cheerleader – her enthusiastic chants added fun to the storyline. (Plus the fact that she ended up being my longtime friend’s sister was a fun bonus!)
The play would be appropriate for audiences of all ages. I was wishing that we could have made it up there as a family to watch – I would have gladly watched the show again. But with busy Sundays and 8:00 performance times on Friday and Saturday, that is a bit late for my crew so far. (Hopefully next year, this will be a family event!)
I meant to post this information right away to give everyone plenty of time to go see the show. Instead I got caught up in Omaha and forgot. So, this is the last week-end of performances. Tickets are $7 per adult and $5 children age 12 and under. Family pricing is also available. Besides their Friday and Saturday evening performances, they do have a 3:00 matinee this Sunday. If you do not have any plans, I would highly recommend the experience. In case you miss this melodrama, they do several different performances throughout the year. While some of the plays might be more family friendly than others, I am glad that they do put on high quality plays that are also budget friendly! How about you? Have you attended any melodramas at Mahoney state park?
P.S. You may want to try to attend a melodrama the same day that the Mahoney Indoor Activity Center is open.