Julian Triangle Club Presents 56th Old Time Melodrama


The Julian Triangle Club presents its 56th annual Old Time Melodrama! This year’s play is "B" Mine Forever, or I Get the Mine and You Get the Shaft. 

The Julian Triangle Club presents its 56th annual Old Time Melodrama! This year’s play is "B" Mine Forever, or I Get the Mine and You Get the Shaft. 

Lovely Melody Moonstruck, her good friend Prudence Poorhouse, and handsome hero Digger Malone all own gold mines. At least, they are supposed to be gold mines–and Melody needs to strike it rich so she can marry Digger. But so far, all the mines have come up with is a small amount of silver. Then why is the evil villain, known as Blackie, trying to obtain the mines by hook or crook (mostly crook)? And can Blackie really trust his accomplice, wicked La Verne Laredo?

Between acts will be an “olio” (variety show) featuring junior cancan dancers, local talent acts, and the famous Triangle Club Chorus (a.k.a. Julian Floozies), entertaining with hilarious old-time songs. Olio acts may differ for each performance.

The audience is always encouraged to participate by booing the villain, cheering the hero, and crying “awwww” for the sweet heroine. Sometimes the characters need warning or advice–but keep it clean–it’s a family show! 

Participation in the all-volunteer amateur production requires a huge time commitment, which has been shared for more than half a century by almost every family in Julian. Former director Bobbi Green, who was involved in the melodrama for close to five decades (thirty-five years as director), has finally decided to retire, and has turned her director's chair and megaphone over to Garnette Welch, who has produced and directed most of the Julian High School plays. 

The melodrama is presented every weekend throughout October during Julian Apple Days, a great community effort that demonstrates the lively spirit of the town. Proceeds from the melodrama go toward scholarships for Julian graduating seniors and for sponsorship of local youth organizations and activities. Profits are also used to help sponsor local events such as the old-fashioned 4th of July Parade and a visit from Santa Claus to the historic Julian Town Hall for the children’s Christmas party.

The play, presented at the town hall on the corner of Main Street and Washington, will run from October 5-27. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7:15 P.M.; Saturday and Sunday matinees, at 1:15 P.M. (Note: Sunday matinees will be on October 14 and 21 ONLY.)

Adult prices are: matinees $8; evenings $10. For all performances, children 12 and under are $2 and children under 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Julian Chamber of Commerce office in the Julian Town Hall throughout the week and up to 90 minutes before each performance. To order tickets by mail, send a check to the Julian Triangle Club, P.O. Box 115, Julian, California 92036-0115. (Be sure to include the date, performance, and number of adults and children, along with your mailing address and phone number.) For ticket information, leave a message for Keri at 760-765-0526.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


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