Gold Fever hits The Melodrama


  • Presented By: Great American Melodrama
  • Dates: July 12, 2018 - September 16, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Great American Melodrama
  • Address: 1827 Pacific Blvd. Oceano, CA 93445
  • Phone: (805) 489-2499
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Price: $21-$28 discounts for Seniors 62+, Military, Students & Childred

The Great American Melodrama’s brings the Old West to vibrant, hysterical life in Gold Fever at the Rough and Ready by Neil LaVine. The show is a loving spoof of traditional melodramas, with plenty of opportunities to cheer the hero and boo the villain. Gold Fever joins The Mix Tape in Melodrama’s summer repertory season. Both shows, featuring the same great cast, will play on alternating nights throughout the remainder of the summer.
Gold Fever is ever so loosely based on the true story of Rough and Ready, California. The town took its name from the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready.” In 1850, settlers who fought alongside Taylor in the Mexican-American War create a mining colony. Sheriff and hero, Bartley Towsend (Cameron Parker), tries to maintain law and order in the boom town. One day, and old miner finds the biggest gold nugget anybody in the village has ever seen, then promptly dies. Who will claim his gold? The young blind woman who claims to be his long-lost daughter (Ashley Whiting)? The tax collector who’s up to no good (Steven Makropoulos)? Or the kind-hearted barmaid who’s more than what she seems (Randa Meierhenry)? Boo and hiss the villains, say “aww” for the heroine, and cheer the hero in this Melodrama original. Graham Galloway, Anna Wentworth, and Bobby Montaniz round out the cast. Melodrama favorite Eleise Moore directs, with live accompaniment provided by Thomas Craig Buckley.
Following each performance of Gold Fever is the Anchors Aweigh Vaudeville Revue. The talented performers at the Melodrama take to the high seas in a half hour of hilarity. The new revue is a comedic romp through all things nautical; audiences are advised to stay on the lookout for pirates! Rachel Tietz directs the Anchors Aweigh Vaudeville Revue.
Gold Fever and the Anchors Aweigh perform July 12 - September 16. Performances are Wednesday through Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 3 and 7 pm, and Sundays at 6 pm. Beginning July 14, Gold Fever and The Mix Tape will perform on alternating nights. For specific show dates and times, refer to the Meldorama’s website, The Melodrama’s in-house snack bar features great food and drinks served before the show and during intermissions. Tickets are $21 to $28, with discounts available for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Melodrama Box Office, at 805-489-2499, or visit The Great American Melodrama is located on Highway 1 in Oceano, just three miles south of Pismo Beach. The Melodrama has been providing professional family entertainment on the Central Coast since 1975.

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