"The Phantom of the Melodrama"

Rachel Tietz, Jackie Hildebrand, Mike Fiore and Abilene Olson, clockwise from top left, star in "The Phantom of the Melodrama."

clockwise from top left

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The Great American Melodrama will spoof the "The Phantom of the Opera" with its new production "The Phantom of the Melodrama," opening tonight at 7 in Oceano.

Based loosely on the original, this parody sends up both the Gaston Leroux novel and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

In this musical, the Melodrama actors are about to open a brand-new show and nothing is going right. The production is to be famous actress Charlotte Ruth’s (Jackie Hildebrand) triumphant return to the Melodrama, but lights keep flickering and things keep falling from the rafters.

It goes further awry when a new director shows up and takes over the production and gives the young ingenue, Christine Day (Katie Worley Beck), the leading role.

It seems that she has been talking voice lessons from a mysterious figure (Beau Heckman), who has taken an interest in her career.

Could this mysterious teacher be the cause of the new production’s troubles? 

Following each performance of "The Phantom of the Melodrama" will be The Happy Vaudeville Revue, featuring songs that make people happy by artists as diverse as the Partridge Family and Pharrell Williams.

The revue was written and directed by longtime Melodrama collaborator and PCPA resident actor Erik Stein.

"The Phantom of the Melodrama" and The Happy Vaudeville Revue will continue through Nov. 12.

Performances are Wednesday through Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 3 and 7 pm and Sundays at 6 pm.

Tickets are $20 to $27, with discounts available for groups, seniors, students, active military and children.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Melodrama Box Office at 805-489-2499 or visit www.americanmelodrama.com.

The Great American Melodrama is located on Highway 1 in Oceano, just three miles south of Pismo Beach. The Melodrama has been providing professional family entertainment on the Central Coast since 1975.

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