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Auditions for Indian Valley Theatre’s Annual and Traditional Melodrama Productions at the Sandwich Fair will be held on Sunday, July 9th from 5:00 to 9:00pm and Monday, July 10th from 7:00 to 9:00pm. All auditions will be held in the community room of the Sandwich Opera House, 140 East Railroad in Sandwich. No appointment necessary.

Auditions will be cold readings from the scripts. Auditions for these melodramas are open to the public, ages 18 and above please, and IVT membership is not required to audition. Anyone from ages 14-17 may audition as long as a parent also auditions. All experience and abilities are always welcome. Performances will be held during the 2017 Sandwich Fair, September 6-10.   Kaitlyn Gradert and Sue Graham are this year’s Melodrama Directors.  Auditioners should be prepared to read cold from the script and participate in improv games during the audition process. No acting experience is necessary to audition, and IVT welcomes newcomers to the stage.

This year, audiences will again be treated to TWO classic melodramas chocked full of puns and jokes galore. The first is “Shootout At Sadie’s Saloon” by John Burkhart. It seems everybody in town wants Sadie Spencer and her sister Sally to get rid of their late father’s saloon. Temperance movement stalwarts Hazel Hoochater and Prudence Purewater are determined to close the saloon down, and notorious gambler Dirk Devious has plans to obtain control of the saloon by fair means or foul. Sadie’s sweetheart Clint Cactus wants Sadie to sell the saloon and marry him. Will Dirk succeed in his evil plans? Or will he and Clint have a….Shootout at Sadie’s Saloon!

The second production is The Beggar’s Secret or What Happened to the King?” written by: Kaitlyn Gradert. This is not like any other Melodrama. Wild West…nope, Fairy tale…YES! A beautiful Princess has been stolen by the evil Count. Will Prince Rowen be able to save her? With a group of his companions and meeting a few people on the way, we are taken through a rough and tumble, belly jiggling night of fun…not really. More like 30 minutes, but you get what I mean.

Join IVT for these fantastic Melodrama auditions. And don’t forget about purchasing your tickets for The Unsinkable Molly Brownwith performances on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 pm at the historic Sandwich Opera House. Tickets are $18 in advance but $20 at the door.

For questions, tickets or more information about Indian Valley Theatre, please e-mail   or contact IVT at 888-365-8889. Check us out online @ Indian Valley Theatre is an Illinois Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area.

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