Grasse River Players' melodrama 'Here Come the Cows' at Edwards Opera House Friday and Saturday
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 11:32 am

From left are Grasse River Players Karen Wells as Molly Wells, Libby Brandt as Granny Bobaloo, John Trombley as Grouchy Backwater, Sarah Sanger as Hoot, Christina Painter as Penny Frumheaven, Art Johnson as Mandrake Mothdust and Lorie Gruneisen as Trilby Tango as they rehearse for “Here Come the Cows.”

EDWARDS – The Grasse River Players will present the annual melodrama production of “Here Come the Cows” by Tim Kelly at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Edwards Opera House.

The play, directed by the veteran melodrama director Elaine Kurcina, Potsdam, is an old fashioned melodrama where Penny, a beautiful damsel in distress, is saved from a cattle stampede by her cowboy hero Bronco.

Throw in a villain, a vixen, an honest store keeper, a couple of cowpokes, a grouch, a city slicker, a chicken farmer and a bunch of cattle in the Texas territory, and you have all the elements of a melodrama worthy of boos and hisses and catcalls.

Familiar faces in the cast include Karen Wells as Molly, the about to be dispossessed kind-hearted restaurant keeper.

A relative newcomer is Christina Painter as Penny, the penniless orphan. John Trombley is Grouchy. A newcomer Jeff Grigel is the hero Bronco.

Sarah Sanger plays Hoot. Lorie Gruneisen is Trilby Tango a cohort of regular Art Johnson as Mandrake Mothdust.

Krista Freego is Sheriff Hoxie, Libby Brandt is Granny and Corey Reichart as Dan Delion round out the cast.

Featured musical artists are fiddler Don LaBarge, guitarist Reeves Adair and washboard player Vern Ingram.

Included is a bevy of beautiful middle eastern dancers “Veils of the Nile.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door: $6 adults and $3 for children under 12.