‘Westward Whoa!’ melodrama set for weekend performances in Greenville

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 10:38 am on Monday, January 30, 2012

‘Westward Whoa!” promises to be rootin’, tootin’ Western spoof complete with a hero, a heroine, bandits and outlaws singing and dancing to great songs. — Courtesy photo

GREENVILLE — Nineteen local celebrities have stepped out of their professional positions to take on roles as actors in the comedic musical melodrama “Westward Whoa!”

The 15th annual melodrama opens Thursday, by invitation only to the event sponsors, and is open to the public on Friday and Saturday. The curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. for the 90-minute play. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at Hansen’s Music House, the box office or at the school website www.greenville.k12.mi.us/arts. A chuckwagon-style dinner of sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans and more will be offered on Friday night only. Dinner will be served at 6:30 in the school cafeteria and is also $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Sponsored by the Education Foundation of Greenville, all proceeds from this year’s production will benefit the OUR3 campaign, the second year to fundraise for the school district’s fine arts and academic programs, said producer Cheryl Willard.

“These are all people willing to volunteer, people from the actors to the lights and sound crew to those helping with the dinner, who are eager to help benefit the arts,” said director Ruth Hansen. “This is where their hearts are.”

A rootin’, tootin’ Western spoof includes a hero, heroine, bandits and outlaws singing and dancing to great songs.

“It is a melodrama, so there is an overexaggerated acting, and then the actors throw in some local humor as well,” said Hansen.

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville area resident.

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