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Melodramas to light up the stage at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Grab the popcorn and enjoy some light-hearted family fun at a Eugene T. Mahoney State Park melodrama this summer. The melodramas are designed to provide wholesome, family-orientated entertainment.

This year’s schedule, which runs May 27-Aug. 21, features the premiere of three plays:

  • “The Dragon Slayer,” written by Julie Eschliman, tells the tale of two damsels in distress – and their pet dragon. See if a wandering minstrel can save them from a bloodthirsty dragon slayer.
  • “Something’s Rotten in Green Bend,” also written by Eschliman, features a story of Holly, an enthusiastic community theater manager. When a Shakespearean troupe – comprised of one family – comes to town, it brings plenty of drama for Holly to handle.
  • “Rustlers of Red Rock,” written by D. Chapelle, follows lovely young rancher Blossom White, and all of Red Rock County, as they suffer a rash of rustling by a notorious bad man. See if the handsome ranch hand can save her in time.

Plays are held at The Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theatre, with a rotating schedule. For a complete schedule, visit Melodrama.net or calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.

Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $7 for ages 12 and under, and $28 for families of two adults and two children under 12. Present a theater ticket at The View at Mahoney restaurant, located inside Peter Kiewit Lodge, on the day of the show and receive 10% off the cost of your entrée.

For more information, call the park at 402-944-2523 extension 7122. A Nebraska park entry permit is needed for each vehicle entering the park.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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