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San Jacinto College
Dirty Work at the Crossroads
News Release
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dinner show melodrama combines fine dining, entertainment

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) Central’s dinner show production of the melodrama “Dirty Work at the Crossroads,” combines fine dining with family oriented entertainment.

This marks the College’s 16th year to present a melodrama, a type of play in which the audience is encouraged to shout their support of the hero, and disapproval of the villain, by throwing popcorn. “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. Combine a great comedy with delicious food catered by the College’s culinary arts department, and you have an inexpensive evening of entertainment.”

The menu for the meal includes tossed salad, Monterrey chicken, rice, California blend vegetables, strawberries Devonshire, rolls, tea, coffee, and water.

Dates for show-only productions are Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain on both nights. Dates for dinner show productions are Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. curtain. There will be one matinee dinner show on Sunday, April 3, with lunch served at 1:30 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. curtain.

The admission cost is $10 per person for show-only productions. The admission cost is $15 per person for dinner show productions. The admission cost for dinner show productions is $13 per person for SJC employees and students, groups, senior citizens, and children under 10. Dinner show tickets must be purchased two days in advance of a performance. To purchase tickets, please call 281-476-1828.

The show will be staged at the Jerry Powell Arena Theatre, located on the Central campus at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena.

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.

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