Mercy sakes, pardner, 'Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek'

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Little Theatre of Walla Walla

1130 E. Sumach Street, Walla Walla

Little Theatre of Walla Walla

— "Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek," a musical melodrama by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, will open Aug. 10 at Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 E. Sumach St.

The production team features Robert G. Randall, director; Nato Shiu, music director; and Cheryl Sutlick, producer.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10-11, 17-18 and at 2 p.m. for matinees Aug. 12 and 19.

The plot revolves around Noble Hart, a conceited actor who arrives in small mining town Calamity Creek determined to bring culture to the locals. His troupe of actors is enough to make a playwright cry.

That is, except for the lovely actress Sunny Day. She falls for Texas Ranger Johnny Lasso, who's hot on the trail of a notorious crook masquerading under the name Gentleman Dan, but whose true identity is unknown. It's almost as if he was a master of disguise -- an actor, perhaps?

The troupe's arrival thrills the townspeople, except Abigail Pettigrew, the wealthiest resident.

She's harboring a dark secret about her former occupation as "Pogo, The Woman Who Can Walk Up and Down Stairs on Her Head."

Add some stranded dancers, a few would-be outlaws and striking gold miners and the stage is set for a wild musical bonanza.

Tickets are $12 and are available online at ltww.org or at the door.

For more information, call 529-3683.

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