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Heroes, villains and gators abound in melodrama

Mask and Mirror stages How Sweet Was My Swamp


Mask and Mirror Community Theatre offers an old-fashioned melodrama in its March production of “How Sweet Was My Swamp.” Evil villains, innocent maidens and brave heroes travel to the Sunk Inn in the swamps of Louisiana for this family comedy.

“Melodrama was the most popular form of entertainment in America until the early 19th century, but is having a revival among community theaters due to the sheer fun involved in the performances," said Gary Romans, director of the play. "The audience is encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain — and even heckle the actors and throw (soft, provided ammunition) at evil deeds and bad puns.

"This is clean, family fun for all ages.”

The performance includes Olios, which come between scenes and feature unusual talents, entertaining music acts and much more. Talented Mask and Mirror performers will sing, dance and entertain with some surprises for all.

“How Sweet Was My Swamp” opens Saturday and plays Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. through March 17. Performances are held at “The Stage” at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane in Tigard. Ticket reservations are encouraged at either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-691-1779. They cost $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, students and active military; and $5 children ages 9 and younger.

Mask and Mirror was formed early in 2011 by a group of eight community theater veterans living in Tigard and Tualatin who were tired of travelling to other communities to perform. Mask and Mirror now has more than 100 local residents volunteering to do everything from painting and setting up chairs to acting and selling concessions. Participation and membership is open to all.

Mask and Mirror has formed partnerships with both the Tigard and Tualatin public libraries and is presenting frequent, free public play readings in the library community rooms. The theater group also provides free acting classes for anyone in the community from sixth grade to adult in partnership with the Tualatin Community Services Department.

Mask and Mirror Community Theatre is a nonprofit performing theater of unpaid volunteer performers, crew and administrators, dedicated to bringing professional quality live theater. Additional information is available at MaskAndMirror.com or by calling Gary Romans at 503-524-2058.



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