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Heading to the wild west

Woodbury Middle School's production of "Lost in Tumblerock," which is a western melodrama, runs Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at the school.

Woodbury Middle School students will be trading in their designer clothes and iPods for cowboy boots and cancan dancers for their fall play "Lost in Tumblerock."

The play, which runs Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at the school, is a melodrama about the town of Tumblerock where a nefarious villain has been stealing all of the money, so it is up to the hero, Sheriff Simon Surefire, to solve the crime.

"It's more than a melodrama, I call it a melerdramer," WMS theater director Marcie Berglund said. "It comes equipped with a hero, heroine and a villain with his dastardly deeds - it's a very typical story."

However, there is a fair amount of comedy throughout the show. Berglund said she decided on "Lost in Tumblerock" as the fall play because it has a variety of characters from ranch hands to cancan dancers. Each character has its own theme song in the show. Additionally, Berglund said she wanted to perform a different type of play this year.

"We haven't done a western in a long time," she said. "We love westerns because costumes are a lot of fun. Plus, I haven't done a melodrama in a while."

Berglund said it is useful for students to experience melodramatic plays.

"It's a great style for middle schoolers because they're forced to show their expressions outwardly," she said. "It's hard for middle school students to step over that line and get into the habit of expressing themselves outwardly."

Berglund said this year's production posed some unique challenges because they only had five weeks to rehearse because of her schedule. Come opening night, Berglund said the show will be great.

"It's coming along," she said.

Woodbury Middle School's production of "Lost in Tumblerock" runs Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the school. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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