Entertainment: Love Rides the Rails, an Interactive Melodrama of Puns and Mustaches
Last thursday, M-A Drama premiered their much anticipated fall play, “Love Rides the Rails or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?” This Old-West melodrama incorporated familiar songs, was full of cheesy puns and fake mustaches. Compared to last year’s fall play “The Tempest,” the cast and crew composed a highly entertaining story with a comical tone.
“Love Rides the Rails” is the first melodrama for M-A Drama to produce. Unlike last year’s production of “The Tempest,” “Love Rides the Rails” got the audience involved in the play. For example, whenever antagonist Simon Darkway, played by senior Jonathan Piper, walked onstage, the audience was asked to “boo” or “hiss”, making the experience lively and fun.
The villain, Darkway, along with his assistant, Dirk Sneath, played by senior David Fitzpatrick, try to gain control of the Walker Valley, Pacific Railroad and Pine Bush for his own vile benefits. He was also assisted by the beautiful Carlotta Cortez (played by Sami Missing), who later changes sides and helps the protagonist Pendennis (played by senior Chris Macrae) regain control of the railroad. The play is also a love story between Prudence Hopewell (played by junior Gray Perrone) an “angelic” woman whose mother, Widow Hopewell, is still saddened by her husband’s death.
Overall the play was entertaining, accessible to many age groups, and interactive. Although the actors’ accents sometimes got in the way of understanding the jokes, and seemed to confuse the audience, overall “Love Rides the Rails” was playful and enjoyable to watch.