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Shootout at Sadie's Saloon

 

August 1, 2019

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Top: Members of the cast practice for the Pine Bluffs Trail Days Melodrama.

In true melodrama tradition this years story will deliver liquor, love, and gun play in only two acts. Shootout at Sadie's Saloon is on the menu for the 69th annual Trail Days festival, and this one promises to be a nail biter!

John Burkhart has been producing, writing, and acting in melodramas for the last sixteen years and has been commissioned by many of his local towns to write melodramas for their centennials and bicentennials. Written in 2009, Shootout at Sadie's Saloon is just one of Burkhart's pieces, but has the potential to become a Trail Days favorite.

This years show comes to Pine Bluffs from the infamous Sadie's Saloon, also known as the Historic High School's Little Theater. In true melodrama tradition the seven members of the all star cast include Hope Person as Sadie Spencer, Taylor Crouse as Sally Spencer, Stephen Michaud as Clint Cactus, Jordan Crouse as Dirk Devious, Sarah Coverdale as Hazel Hoochater, Jessie Weller as Prudence Purewater, and Glenn Sisson as Sheriff Jake Jones. Rounding out this group are the extras: Karli Person as the cue card girl, Donn Randall as the Emcee, and Piper Perez and Meghan Shafer as the cancan dancers. Karen Lipska, Heather Becerra, and the rest of the cast will also provide musical entertainment during the Olio featuring "Back in Baby's Arms" and "The Possum Sleeps Tonight".

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Above: cast members in song.

Set in the Old West, Sadie's Saloon is a struggling little bar that has seen hard times hit since the departure of the stage coach. Owner Sadie Spencer is seeing pressure from all sides. The busybodies in the local temperance movement want her bar closed for good. Dirk Devious wants to purchase the saloon no matter what it takes, and Sadie's sweetheart Clint Cactus wants her to sell the bar and settle down with him.

What will end up happening to Sadie and her Saloon? Find out opening night, Thursday, August 1, at 7 p.m. If you can't make that performance there will be encore performances August 2, at 7 p.m., and two performances on Saturday, August 3, at 5 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for any performance at $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and preschool age children are free. Come on out and enjoy some road kill humor, and find out if Sadie can keep her saloon and her man.

 

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