WAYNE – A northeast Nebraska park will again be put on display during a weekend theatrical performance.
From Bressler Park in the heart of Wayne, Wayne Community Theatre will be presenting ‘Virtue Always Triumphs or Life in the Wicked City’ by Walter Boughton and used with permission by Conchord Theatricals. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 30 – 31 at 7 p.m.
Director, Mollie Young said this is a classic melodrama.
“There’s an evil villain, there’s a virtuous heroin, there’s a good guy who kind of saves the day at the end,” said Young. “There’s temptation, redemptions, laughter, music. It’s just sort of got the whole package.”
Most old-fashion melodramas had two names with theatres based on in the late 1800s.
With final rehearsals being scheduled this week, the length of the performance will last about two hours with a brief intermission. The freewill donation event will assist with costs of the performance and go right back into the theatre group for future shows.
Bring the entire family along with lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn and water will be for sale but you’re invited to bring your own food as well.
Young added the reasoning behind selecting Bressler Park for the venue.
“We just weren’t quite sure what theatre was going to look like during the summer the year after being locked down,” Young added. “I admit, I was one of the first people to be reluctant about doing a show outside because there’s so much uncertainty.”
A Sunday performance could be added if weather causes any delays to the July 30 – 31 performances but the group is hoping to move along as scheduled.
Wayne Community Theatre has been rehearsing since the beginning of June and have worked around cast and crew member schedules with four rehearsals each week. Roughly a 14-member cast makes up the performance with about another 10 people working on the costumes, sound, music and backstage.
Along with the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Allemann Farms; Magnuson Hopkins Eye Care, P.C.; Robert Woehler & Sons Construction, Inc. and Room to Breathe Yoga and Massage are sponsoring this event.
Young has noticed that those who participate in theatre strengthens their bonds of people who may not know each other.
“To get to know new people and then to watch these relationships form that then turn into connections after the show is over is just so cool,” Young mentioned. “Those connections wouldn’t happen probably if these people hadn’t been collaborating on this one project.”
For all those who attend you’ll be able to sign a ‘Get Well’ card for Nick Haase who was scheduled to be in the performance.
Also, Wayne Community Theatre will have a quick turnaround as they host the Missoula Children’s Theatre ‘The Snow Queen’ from Monday, August 2 – Saturday, August 7. This week-long event is open to kids going into first grade through those entering 12th grade.
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