'Dastardly, Dirty Deeds at the Depot'

Melodrama returns to Randall Theatre Company
A cast of local actors dishes up the laughs in Randall Theatre's melodrama set in Medford.Photo courtesy of Rodney Rampy

Set in the glory days of Medford in the late 1800s, "Dastardly, Dirty Deeds at the Depot" is an over-the-top melodrama that tells the story of Lacie Camisole. As the fair damsel waits at the newly built train depot for the arrival of her husband-to-be in an unwanted, arranged marriage, she resigns herself to her fate to help her father save the Camisole family ranch. When she spots the new station master, she realizes he is her childhood sweetheart, Justin Tyme.

Will this serendipitous revelation change the course of her future?

If you go

What: "Dastardly, Dirty Deeds at the Depot"

When: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 21-23. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Randall Theatre, 10 E. Third St., Medford.

Tickets: Reserved seats cost $12; all others are pay-what-you-want at the door

Call: 541-622-5795 or see www.randalltheatre.com

Full of crazy characters, singing, music and audience participation, "Dastardly, Dirty Deeds at the Depot," features a classic hero, villain and damsel in distress mixed with regional history.

The comical melodrama introduces us to Professor Mack and his traveling medicine show, the Gypsy Claire Voyant, a local schoolmarm and her half-brother Duncan Disorderly.

Wyatt Earp also makes an appearance, and mayhem and mystery abound.

Shows are set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 21-23. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Guaranteed seating costs $12 and is available at www.randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-622-5795. Tickets are pay-what-you-want at the door. The show set for Wednesday, Sept. 19, will benefit Rogue Valley Family YMCA.

A variety of one-acts will be performed before the show, and sing-alongs and audience games will be held during intermission.

The audience will be encouraged to cheer the hero, boo and throw popcorn at the villain and sigh adoringly when the lovely damsel appears onstage.

Vrenda Lee directs, and the laughs will be delivered by a local cast. Look for David Cosand, Brett Garrett, Meagan Kirby, David Eisenberg, Jon Oles, Catherine Hansen, Roxane Spear, Michael Serface, Lydia Reynolds, Nick Shaw, Cindi Garrett and Zach Sprunger.

Old-time photographs will be available after the performance. Audience members can choose to pose with their favorite characters from the show. The photos are available for a donation of any amount to the theater and will be emailed to the recipients; 5-by-7 prints cost $5 and will be mailed.

Randall Theatre Company will donate half of all ticket and concession sales and donations from the Sept. 19 show to children's programs at Rogue Valley Family YMCA.

For more information, visit www.randalltheatre.org or call 541-632-3258.

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