Marquee: Theatergoers play a part in 'Sunset Trail'

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WALLA WALLA -- The Little Theatre of Walla Walla is bringing a different kind of production to their stage this summer: a melodrama.

"Sunset Trail," a story by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeu, will take the stage Aug. 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the box office 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Season tickets are not eligible for this production.

In a break from their normal summer productions, The Little Theatre of Walla Walla will be performing their first summer melodrama, which director Robert G. Randall assures will be an experience. Randall has been directing the summer production for a decade and is excited about this year's melodrama.

"The characters are way outside of the bounds of normal people," he said. And the show is built around the audience participating, so this won't be a boring evening. Audience members will drive the energy of the whole production, Randall said, as they "boo," "hiss," "bravo" and "hurray."

This family-friendly show features 16 cast members who will tell the tale of the secluded Norma Desperate of Lizard Gulch. The former actress is working on her plan to reenter the acting world with an incredible comeback. Along the trail to this comeback are other struggling actors and three villains looking to be a part of Norma's plan.

"I just think it's going to be a great evening of entertainment," Randall said. "It's very funny and it's not something you just sit there and watch."

As usual, the summer show is a fundraiser for the theater and the unpaid cast includes students and community members who deserve the support of Walla Walla, Randall said.

For more information about "Sunset Trail" or The Little Theatre of Walla Walla visit www.ltww.org.

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