I was honored to be invited to attend “Media Night” at the Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theater’s production of Only An Orphan Girl. It was an amazing play and just like a movie critic, I give it 2 thumbs up!
This melodrama is well acted, perfectly cast and holds the attention of the audience all the way through. Audience participation is highly encouraged as we were given a bag of peanuts to throw at the villain every time he walks onto the stage and the two narrators hold up signs for applause, sigh, whistle, cheer, and boo/hiss for certain characters.
Lucy Appleby and Swem “Pa” Perkins
About Only An Orphan Girl
As in all melodramas, it involves the Villian, Arthur Rutherford, the Heroine, Nellie, the hero, Dick Perkins and a small cast of other actors. (They are listed at the bottom of the post)
Arthur Rutherford is looking for his long, lost niece, Nellie who has been adopted by the Perkins. As a result of a series of unfortunate events the hard working family ends up struggling to pay the mortgage on the farm.
Due to their circumstances Dick Perkins, the hero is bound and determined to make everything right for the girl he loves, Nellie and his family.
Dick Perkins, Nellie, Ma and Pa Perkins
Amy or Widow Appleby and Arthur Rutherford
Of all of the expressions and faces of Nellie, the one shown above is my favorite.
Dick is tempted by the advances of Mrs Rutherford who is plotting against the family with her husband for her own financial gain.
Finally, things start to fall apart for the villain and his wife…of course they resort to threats and dynamite.
You will have to see the play to make sure all ends well.
Show Times and Dates for Only An Orphan Girl
Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 pm
Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 pm
Admission Price – $10
The box office opens one hour prior to curtain.
Arthur Rutherford – Andy Stolley
Nellie, The Orphan Girl – Peggy Stolley
Ethel Rutherford – Cynthia Berkland
Dick Perkins – Jacob Neff
Swen “Pa” Perkins – Don Joyce
Ma Perkins – Jessica Thoren
Lucy Appleby – Kaitlyn Hember
Amy “Widow” Appleby – Lori Flynn
Narrators – Brian Campbell and Donna Mason
Vocalists – Tatum Iverson and Jennifer Meyer
Lights and sound – Chris Meyer and Delbert Witzke
Director – Jackie Van Oosbree
I happen to have a Main Street Community Theater bag with some goodies in it and 2 tickets to Only An Orphan Girl to give away.
Sign up by using the giveaway form below between now and Sunday evening at 6:00 pm. The computer will chose a random winner on Sunday evening for one of the showings the following weekend.
Be sure to visit and like the Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theater Facebook page so you don’t miss announcements of upcoming shows and some great photos they are always posting.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!