Melodrama involves a ‘Champeen Rassler’
It's become a fixture at the Maple Leaf Festival.
The annual Maple Leaf Melodrama production has, for years, offered festival goers an opportunity to enjoy some comedic performances.
This year is no different with the production of "Wynn Fairly Champeen Rassler."
"It's quite hilarious," Susan Pouliot, producer and assistant director, said. "It's a very silly comedy."
In the production, Wynn Fairly is supposed to wrestle Rowdy Ruthless for the state title. If Fairly is successful, he will win $10,000 and be able to wed Doe Ramey. But the villain, Tara Boneparte, has other plans for the hero.
Pouliot said about half of the 15-member cast is new to the melodrama.
"It's kind of been fun to have some new blood and see some new faces," she said. "The people in the melodrama have put a lot into the production."
Audience participation is key for the success of the melodrama, she said.
"A lot of it depends on audience participation," she said. "The more the audience reacts, the more the performers get into it."
The performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with senior night. The 7 p.m., Friday-night performance is Baldwin City residents half-price night. Shows are at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. All performances will be under the big tent at Seventh and Grove streets.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 4 to 10 years old. Children 3 and younger are free. Tickets for the Friday night performance are half price for Baldwin residents. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Baldwin State Bank. Proof of residence is required for half-price night.
Even though there are a lot of events at the Maple Leaf Festival, she said she encourages everybody to see a performance of "Wynn Fairly Champeen Rassler."
"It's just so different from everything else going on," she said.