Youth Theater debuts with ‘A Tall Tale’
“Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot Sue Meet the Dirty Dan Gang.”
The title’s an over-sized mouthful and Socorro Community Theater’s latest play promises to be a belly-full of laughs — delivered by pint-sized actors.
The theater group debuts its Socorro Community Youth Theater with this hilarious production of Western legends. It’s an old-fashioned melodrama where the good guys (and gals) are larger-than-life good and the bad guys are, well, bumblin’ bad and down right dirty.
There’ll be plenty of opportunity for the audience to add their two-cents worth of cheers and jeers at the Garcia Opera House on Friday, June 18, 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m. All seats are $3, or free for a donation to the Socorro Storehouse.
SCT is teaming up with the Storehouse for a “Dirty Dan Gang Soap Drive”. The Storehouse is looking for bar soap, shampoo and laundry detergent. A member from the Storehouse will be on hand to accept donations. Non-perishable food items are also welcome.
The play opens in Prairie Dog, a dusty town in the Old West, where a line keeps a tentative truce between the good guys and the bad.
On the bad side of town is the Rattlesnake Hotel run by Lily Grouch (portrayed by Ashlea Steele) who also is the sheriff. Holed up in the hotel is the Dirty Dan Gang and the never-grew-up leader Dirty Dan (played by Joee Perryman), who wants Granny (Katrine Hareland) to give up her home.
The gang — including Fleas (Colin Huber) and Boots (Megan Johnston) — devise all sorts of devious tricks to get the property. But Granny has called for her granddaughter, Slue-Foot Sue (Lorna Green), who has called for backup from Pecos Bill (John Carilli).
Add the half-pint-sized School Marm (Miceta Gallegos), a talking coyote (Maria Carilli), an old-timer (Brandon Steele), and various other characters and you have the makin’s for a walloping good evening of fun.
Other cast members are: Eva Domschot (Widow Quakenbush), Brianna Chavez (Conchita, Mrs. Goodnew), ) Emmie Domschot (Becky), Samantha Hurtgen (Blue Duck), and school children Julie Hurtgen, Caylah Roath Huber and Emerald Huber.
“I love working with kids,” says director Darlene Torres. “It’s refreshing. They learn their lines quickly and they’re respectful. It’s really turning out neat.”
Torres has appeared in about a dozen plays and musicals and is branching out into directing.
“I just felt like it was time for a new crop of actors, to introduce theater to the youth and to generate interest from other Socorro kids for theater in the future,” she said.
“We are excited to introduce the new Socorro Community Youth Theater,” said Karin Fort, of SCT. “There are many talented youngsters in Socorro who love performing. Theater is a great creative outlet that develops confidence, discipline and teamwork. It’s also lots of fun!”
SCT is looking for adults who are interested in helping to develop the Youth Theater. For more information about SCT or Socorro Community Youth Theatre, call Karin at 8575-38-0379; or visit www.socorro.com/sct.