Southwest Florida goes Old West when the Island Theater Company presents a Youth Production of the Saga of Roaring Gulch November 19-21. Performed at Marco Lutheran Church. What’s more, as a gift to the community, admission is free.
This hilarious musical spoof of Western life by Jack L. Canon takes the audience to the dusty town of Roaring Gulch, where the nefarious Bart Black has his eye on the town’s young schoolmistress, Hilda Heartfelt. But Bart has some competition: the good, though slow-witted Wyatt Winchester, marshal of the town. Along with the plotting saloonkeeper Calantha, Bart devices a plan to bring down the good marshal with the evils of alcohol, and installing his own marshal in his stead. Things go awry when the man in black, Slippery Stan Slade, the fastest gun in the West, arrives on the scene, setting up a classic good-versus-evil showdown. Complete with hilarious songs, dance, and comedy numbers about boats, trains, and more, this musical is a rip-roaring spoof of the classic Western movie trope.
- Showtimes: November 19-20 at 7:30 p.m., November 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free—no tickets needed—and will take place at Marco Lutheran Church. For more information, visit theateronmarco.com.
The ITC Youth Production acts as a primer for the 2016 production of the same musical, but this time by the adults. Island Theater Company will present Saga of Roaring Gulch from February 25 through April 3.