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The Saga of the Prospector’s Daughter or She Was Only a Miner’s Minor

The Saga of the Prospector’s Daughter or She Was Only a Miner’s Minor

Written By: Pat Cook
Published By: Eldridge Publishing Co.
Production Date: August 27-29, 2004
Location: Abrams Town Hall Theater

Co-Directed By: Brandon Byng & Roxanna (Westcot) Running

Here’s a hilarious melodrama spoof whose oddball characters seemingly ad lib their way through the wildest plot ever to come down the pike. Lovely, innocent Constance Purdy is about to lose her home to that villain-about-town, Wiley Schlink. Will hero Monroe Mannerly ride to the rescue in time? Will her long-lost prospector father show up and save the day? These questions aren’t really answered because we’re laughing too hard at the sheriff who has a mortgage on her own jail, a medicine man who ends up in a dress, and a saloon-smashing suffragette whose ax works great on cuticles. Add a piano player with an attitude and a grizzly old prospector/narrator who’d like a different ending to the play, and you get some idea of folks who populate this fool’s gold rush town. Great fun to watch and to perform, especially when the actors are caught napping and playing cards as Act II opens.

Original Cast:
Gabby……………………………………………………………………………..Amanda Zubko
Constance Purdy………………………………………………………………………Becky Wolf
Wiley Schlink………………………………………………………………………Brandon Byng
Monroe Mannerly……………………………………………………………………Mark Wernicke
Indian…………………………………………………………………………….Willy Koehne
Sheriff Hilda……………………………………………………………………….Kris Jubert
J. Barnaby Custard………………………………………………………………….Joyce Gerdes
Freddie……………………………………………………………………………Keith Werner
Catastrophe Kate……………….. …………………………………………….Jennifer Haffman
Mary Carnation……………………………………………………………………..Joan Koehne
Elmira Plankton…………………………………………………………………….Allison Byng
Miss Clydesdale………………………………………………………………….Rolean Wernicke
Judge Blind………………………………………………………………………..Katie Fettig
Piano Player……………………………………………………………………..Ashley Wellens
Waitress……………………………………………………………………….Jennifer Wellens
Townspeople………………………………………………………………………..Janet Koehne
Katie Kutska
Kelsey Kutska
Jonathon Leja
Liza Leja
Elizabeth Lemirande
Destin Wernicke
Teagan Wernicke