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Melodrama with villain, hero is coming to Tigard stage

'No, No, a Million Times No (or Only a Farmer's Daughter) opens Nov. 8


by: AL STEWART/FOR THE REGAL COURIER - NO, NO, NO - In 'No, No, a Million Times No (or Only a Farmer's Daughter),' the cast includes (back row, left to right) Nick Hamilton (as hero Noble Hart), Michael Allen (as villain Stafford Blackman), Sarah Thornton (as heroine Nellie Quackenbush), Vicki Brigham (as villainess Gwendolyn Finefeathers), Sierra Kruse (as Emmeline) and David Slotemaker (as Iffy Can); plus (front row, left to right) Marilyn K. Peterson (as Birdie Seed) and John 'Bart' Bartholomew (as Pappy Quackenbush).Heroes and villains along with dancing and singing take the stage as Mask & Mirror Community Theatre of Tigard and Tualatin begins its third season with a musical melodrama. "No, No, a Million Times No (or Only a Farmer's Daughter)" opens Nov. 8 for nine performances,

All the action takes place on a farm peopled by unique characters, including milkmaids, a singing chorus and barnyard surprises. The pure-as-the-driven-snow daughter has returned to the safety of her home after an adventure and near-ruin in the big city.

Unfortunately, the villain pursues her and attempts again to exploit her and take over the family farm. Can the hero save them?

Melodrama, which was the most popular form of live theatre around 1900, is enjoying a comeback due to the fun enjoyed by both actors and audience with laughs, action and good always triumphing over evil.

Sarah Thornton, who plays Nellie Quackenbush, the sweet, dainty country-girl daughter, said, "It has been quite a while since I have had the chance to delve into the world of melodrama. I've enjoyed breaking out of my usual theater comfort zone to bring out the over-exaggerated emotions and movements of my character."

John "Bart" Bartholomew, who plays farmer Pappy Quackenbush, added, "Melodrama characters are bigger than life - more emotional, and more physical. The end result is a more rewarding performance for everyone - both cast and audience."

The play runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on "The Stage" at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard.

Tickets are available at 503-691-1779 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and complete details may be found at www.MaskandMirror.com.

"This is a fun, family-friendly production suitable for all ages," says Gary Romans, founder and president of Mask & Mirror. "We've kept our ticket prices at $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youth 10 and under in order to allow more families to afford to experience the joys of live theatre."