Audience invited to join the fun in melodrama

09.07.2016 | By Rob Vanya

The San Jacinto College theatre and film department will present “Lorna’s Love Lost,” an interactive melodrama that invites audience members to join the fun and participate in live theatre action.

Performances will take place in the Powell Arena Theatre (Building 13) on the Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. Show dates and times are Sept. 21, 22, 23 and 24 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain, and Sept. 25 with a 2:30 p.m. curtain.

 “This is an action-packed, entertaining, family-oriented show and it’s the type of play that encourages audience participation,” commented Dr. Jerry Ivins, the Central Campus theatre and film department chair.

The setting for the melodrama is 1880. Preston Dove is a rich and ailing landowner trying desperately to protect his only child, the innocent and pure Lorna Dove, the heroine of the show. But in the shadows, the mischievous master of disguise, the villain of all villains, Uriah Blackstone, has other plans. Can the hero, Leroy Prince, save the day? Can the evil villain be stopped? Only the audience knows.

“Melodramas are a great tool to train actors in improvisation, physical expression and vocal variety,” commented Richard Turner, theatre professor at the College and director of the show. “It is a demanding genre to perform. With the audience as active members, you have a living art form than can never be recreated. That is what live theatre is all about. Each performance is different.”

General admission is $10 per person at the door, with a discount price of $8 per person for all who purchase tickets by Sept. 20 by calling the box office at 281-476-1828.

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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