Talented Players Make Melodrama A Huge Hit

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If you missed the melodrama at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church this last weekend, you missed a night of great entertainment and lots of laughs. This year's title was "Cheerio, Y'All or Miss Keyes, in the Conservatory, with the Feather Boa."

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Justin Lee recites a poem as Heathcliff Wainscoting, the character he portrayed during the melodrama in Christopher Creek called "Cheerio Y'all -- or Miss Keyes, in the Conservatory, with the Feather Boa."

These melodramas are always fun to watch, as are some of the familiar faces of the past performances. Dan Hill from Payson delighted us last year with his talents and it was nice to have him back again this year. He knows exactly how to entertain and make people laugh playing the butler.

Alice Andreas from Tonto Village was back again this year as Miss Ivory Keyes. You can tell Alice likes the stage -- she lit up as she entered the stage with her smile and talent, and the audience reciprocated by showing her just how much they liked her.

And of course, what would a melodrama be without a villain?

And just like last year, no one can play it better than Don Daniels of Christopher Creek. He was born to be a villain right down to his wicked laugh. In a melodrama the audience was encouraged to interact with the actors -- they booed and hissed throughout the play. Don Daniels got a lot of that reaction, especially from the children in the audience.

Dwaine Rowley seemed to have more fun booing the villain and cheering the heroes than the children. He and his wife Gwen sat in front of me -- I think Gwen elbowed him a few times to quiet him down.

He had fun and that's what these melodramas are all about.

This year's melodrama was taken over by some new talent. Justin Lee, a newcomer to the stage from Christopher Creek, stole the show. This young man was not just funny, but a total delight to watch. Marjorie Morrison of Christopher Creek played Prettyfoot, the Indian sheriff.

Lindsay Lashbrook of Payson put on an excellent performance. Grant Coley from Tonto Village had a small part in the play, but his voice is so wonderful that it makes his part unforgettable, as were the performances of Linda Digman and Marie Coley of Tonto Village and Roberta Feyereisen of Payson who have entertained us before.

Let's not forget those that played the minstrels: Vicki Grootegoed from Christopher Creek, Mae Jones from Bear Flats, and Ellen and Ken Macnab from Payson. These four talented singers went around the room entertaining us with their music.

This was so much fun to watch and I heard so many wonderful comments. Residents can't wait until next year.

Special thanks the melodrama's producer, Annette Godfrey; director, Joan Savage; and the musical score by Wanda Palmer.

Vacation Bible School

Want to get your child involved in something good? Vacation Bible School is 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22 every day at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel in Christopher Creek. This year's theme is "Jungle Adventure, Discovering God's Love." To volunteer or for more information, contact Teresa Purtee at (928) 478-4337. If you don't have the time to volunteer, the campers always need cookies. Give Rita Quay a call if you can bake, (928) 478-4412.

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