Back to History Page Back to Main Page
Mahoney State Park
May 22, 1998,
was the starting
date for the sixth Mahoney State Park melodrama season. The schedule remained the same as the previous season as this
format seems to be the most favorable for both cast and park visitors. Also, the dinner train show and the fall season
were both continued with approximately the same number of performances. Our casting of three male and three female actors
at the park and three female and two male actors for the train show remained the same as last season also. The usual
personnel changes were made to all casts, with Shannon Marple-Hespe and D. Chapelle both directing the train and fall
shows, respectively. The plays selected for production at Mahoney were
"The Felon's Folly" and "The Fiend of the Footlights", by Peg Sheldrick, and "Foul Works at the Fireworks Factory"
by D. Chapelle. The play chosen for the dinner train was "Scoundrel of Dagger gulch", an original written expressly for the
train by D. Chapelle. The fall season ran a total of 11 weeks again and has proven to be very popular with Park visitors. Four actors
were cast for this show, two female and two male. The play chosen for the fall was "Lovely in Danger" written by D. Chapelle.
Michael Bergstrom agreed to perform for the first three weeks because Craig Oehring had a schedule conflict.
The Production Staff for the 1998 summer season
Producer/Director ...John Burkhart
Music Director .....Julie Eischliman
Costumes .........Donna Himmelberger
Set Design ........ John Burkhart
Makeup Design .... William M. Cover II
Technical Director...Tom Curtright
Set Construction ..Mark Matulka, Nick Robinson, Steve Coffey
The Cast of "The Fiend of the Footlights"
Lovell Lucre.....Jared Minary
Nell Tender.....Deborah Israel
Neda Hart........Kristine Kapustka
Cookie Blankmange.....Emily C. Williams
Tumbleweed Teddy........Daniel Rasmussen
Nick Dickerson......Michael Bergstrom
The cast of "The Felon's Folly"
Lucinda Fine.........Emily C. Williams
Vivian McGillicuddy.......Deborah Israel
Morly Krupt....Michael Bergstrom
Dr. Fielding Foley...Daniel D. Rasmussen
Hannah Knight.....Kristine Kapustka
The cast of "Foul Works at the Fireworks Factory"
Osgood Lissard.......Daniel D. Rasmussen
Natasha De Classe........Deborah Israel
Wanda Weary............Emily C. Williams
"Happy" Ness.....Michael Bergstrom
Fenton Finefellow.........Jared Minary
Sunney Dey.............Kristine Kapustka
The Fall Season Melodrama
Producer ......John Burkhart
Director .........D. Chapelle
Costume Design..Donna Himmelberger
Music Director....Linda Laessle
Set Design..........John Burkhart
The cast of "Lovely in Danger"
Dreggs Rifraff.....D. Chapelle
Amy Lovely......Kristine Kapustka
Aunt Aggie........Vicki Clark
Hoot Galoot....Michael Bergstrom, Craig Oehring
Nell Tender (Deborah Israel) is sceptical
about the story
disguised Tumbleweed Teddy (Daniel D. Rasmussen) is telling her
Blankmange (Emily C. Williams) and Nick Dickerson
(Michael Bergstrom) appear to believe him.
Villain Morly Krupt (Michael Bergstrom) doesn't know
is heroine Lucinda Fine, who he is attempting to kidnap.
Villain Osgood Lissard (Daniel D. Rasmussen)
threatens Wanda Weary
(Emily C. Williams) while "Happy" Ness (Michael Bergstrom) tries to
protect her. Hero Fenton Finefellow (Jared Minary) is no help.
Hero Hoot Galoot (Michael Bergstrom) and heroine Amy Lovely
(Kristine Kapustka) hear Aunt Aggie (Vicki Clark) explain
what happened to villain Dreggs Rifraff (D. Chapelle).