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Francisco Center for Performing Arts Melodrama “The Ballad of Gopher Gap”

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - August 27 @ 9:00 pm

Bunco DeSneer (slicker than lard on hot cornbread) is salting the Spenawampum Mine in Gopher Gap with fake minerals.  He hopes to snare rich Easterners looking for a good investment.  He’s aided in his dirty work by Flora Fourflusher, a phony assayer, and Slats, a stupid stagecoach driver.  The other full-time resident is Crazy Nanette, whose only child disappeared years ago when she left it in a nice cool spot…  under an ice wagon.  When the suckers show up (including a waif, a judge, a newspaperwoman, and the man-hungry Ottillie), Bunco wastes no time in fleecing them.  But wait!  Two unexpected visitors arrive:  Rocky Romantic, a mountain man and ’wilderness poet,’ and Verlinda Springblossom, a beauty.  She inherited the town from a distant relative (the best kind), Piute Pete.  Verlinda doesn’t believe in ’robbing the earth,’ so she intends to close down the mine and open a hummingbird sanctuary.  Naturally, Bunco will have none of this and the hilarity begins.  This is a side-splitting romp that’s overripe with cornball gags and puns, fast riotous action, and fun roles.


August 17, 18, 24, 25, 26 at 7:00 pm

August 27 at 2:00 pm

Francisco Center for the Performing Arts: www.fcpalaveta.org

Tickets are available online, at Mountain Merman Brewing Company, and at the door.


August 17 @ 7:00 pm
August 27 @ 9:00 pm
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