Annual Holiday Melodrama set to Opens December 26th |

Annual Holiday Melodrama set to Opens December 26th

Special to the Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

The Grand Arts Council is once again putting on its annual Holiday Melodrama titled “The Belle of Grand Lake.”

The Melodrama has been a holiday tradition for many years and provides wholesome entertainment for the whole family. Come and Boo the Villain and Cheer for the Hero as they make their way through this traditional comic play. Always great for children of all ages, this is an audience participation event.

In addition to the play, the public may purchase tickets to a drawing as the Grand Arts Council has been the lucky recipient of a beautiful oil painting to help raise money the Council. This piece of art is an original oil painting from a local Colorado Artist. Tickets for the drawing may be purchased for $5 each or five tickets for $20 throughout the Holiday Melodrama. Our winner will be drawn on New Year’s Eve. (You need not be present to win.)

The drama

“Belle of Grand Lake” is, in true melodrama form, a classic tale of good and evil. As the show opens, we learn that Belle Wallaby’s little red schoolhouse is going to be auctioned off to satisfy her bank debt. And on the Fourth of July, too. She has been living simply, but poor Tessie hasn’t been paid in six months; however, Smelter Joe points out that you get what you pay for. Belle has been educating the illiterate miners and children of Grand Lake for a year, but she also harbors a shameful secret. Amelis Dunk, local artiste, arrives to see if Belle has any gold or diamond tiaras that she wants to sell.

Meanwhile, Tom Good, the best rock miner in Colorado, has devised a plan to save the little red schoolhouse. Tom is in love with Belle, but for some strange reason she refuses to set the date for their wedding. He shares his plan with Ida Mae, one of Belle’s students, but swears her to secrecy. Pinkham Mudstone III, a stranger in town, plans to bid on the schoolhouse, but he harbors a dastardly scheme and a vile secret. As the townspeople and students gather for the auction and Grand Lake’s Fourth of July celebration, there is much excitement.

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As the plot unfolds, a myriad of haunting questions are answered.

Be sure to come to the play and find out how it all ends. The Melodrama plays nightly from Dec. 26-31 at 8 p.m. You can buy tickets on line through PayPal or a credit card at or by going by the Never Summer Mountain Products in Grand Lake.

This event is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Grand Arts Council who’s sole purpose is to support the arts in Grand County. The Grand Arts Council would especially like to thank Barbara Ahrens, director, and all of the actors for their many hours of dedicated work to make this production possible.

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