Phantom comes to The Palms this weekend

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The cast of “Phantom of the Opera House” includes, from left, Jim Hewlett, Ana Kormos, Jesse Akers and Jason Williams. Courtesy photo

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By GERMANE HUPE/Winters Theatre Company

A masked apparition will stalk the stage of the Palms Playhouse this weekend when the Winters Theatre Company presents its dinner theater melodrama, “The Phantom of the Opera House.” The specter is not a ghost, but an evil villain intent on destroying the Opera House and the family who owns it.

The evening’s entertainment begins 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday May 20.

Using the traditional acting style and diction of a 19th century melodrama and combining these techniques with a fictional plot set in 1890, the play achieves historical fact and theatrical fable. The Palms was known as the Winters Opera House for well over 100 years, so the setting of the play is the actual venue where the plot occurs.

In addition to the villainous phantom, the main characters are the acting family of the Opera House, Robert, Portia and Rosalind Burbage. They are joined by a femme fatale, who is the unwilling dupe of the villain, the local sheriff, a dashing Latin gentleman and his rival, a wealthy rancher, a San Francisco dance troupe, and of course, a courageous hero. Together this group of performers combine their talents to rescue the heroine, foil the villain, and save the Opera House.

The dinner will be catered by the Buckhorn and features the restaurant’s famous tri-tip menu with a vegetarian option. A no-host bar will be available during the evening. All tickets are $45 and advance purchase is recommended.

For reservations go to palmsplayhouse.com, winterstheatre.org, or call 530-795-4014.

 

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