San Jacinto College to open melodrama Sept. 3

08.25.2014 | By Rob Vanya

From left, San Jacinto College students Tawny Williams of Dickinson (as the Cardgirl), Chris Myers of Deer Park (as Mookie), and Jaylon Scott of Deer Park (as the Villian) are cast members of “Dirty Works at the Crossroads,” a melodrama which will open on Sept. 3. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


The San Jacinto College Central theatre and film department will present “Dirty Work at the Crossroads,” a family-oriented musical melodrama featuring humor, suspense, and plenty of action.

This marks the College’s 21st year to present a melodrama, an audience interactive play where yelling, booing and throwing popcorn at the villain is encouraged, as well as cheering for the heroes. “Each year the turnout for the melodrama gets bigger,” remarked director Richard Turner. “It is not uncommon for families to travel 50 or more miles just to enjoy the show. It’s clean fun for the entire family.”

Dates for productions are Wednesday, Sept. 3 through Saturday, Sept. 6, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain each night. The admission cost is $10 per person, $8 if paid for and picked up two days in advance of the show. To purchase tickets, please call 281-476-1828.

With humor and songs, “Dirty Work at the Crossroads” tells the melodramatic story of Nellie Lovelace, an innocent country girl. The villain Munro (the Viper) has a wife in Ida Rhinegold, belle of the New Haven Music Halls, but that does not prevent him from pursuing Nellie and tearing her from the arms of her dying mother (whom he has poisoned). Nor does it prevent him from blackmailing rich Mrs. Asterbilt, driving the honest blacksmith’s son Adam Oakhart crazy, nor from bewitching her daughter Leonie. There are a number of places in the show where old-time songs are performed.

San Jacinto College offers theatre courses, productions, and degree options at the Central and South campuses. For more information, please visit

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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 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, 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. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or follow us on Facebook.