Students ‘break a leg’ at Edgemont Theatre Company

Photo by Rhea Falig/Fall River County Herald

The cast of the Edgemont Theatre play How The West Was Worn, Or... Black Hat Optional pose for a photo during last week’s opening night.


By Rhea Falig 

Staff Writer 

EDGEMONT— How The West Was Worn Or... Black Hat Optional by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, under the direction of Suzanne Hollenbeck, is the latest play being put on at the Edgemont Theatre and one sure to entertain the whole family. Hollenbeck as well as Deanne Brown and Linda Tidball are Theatre Partners working hard to bring quality entertainment to Edgemont.

“Welcome to Main Street of Black Flatts, back when heroes wore white and villains wore black... well usually. Things aren’t as black and white as you think. With two villains working together, everything’s turned inside out and kind of crazy! Double the bad guys means double the trouble, and our heroine Terry Robe, may lose her shop unless someone comes to her rescue. Plus the town council may lose their chance at impressing the railroad Tycoon who wants to bring the tracks through Black Flatts. But who exactly is the real hero in town? Who will set it right? Watch and see.”

The Edgemont Theatre Company is celebrating its 19th Birthday this year with no signs of slowing down. The theatre, which began in 2001, is always looking for heroes, villains and other cast members to keep the dream alive.

The cost of tickets is only $7.00 or $5.00 for kids or seniors. Or you can make it a dinner/theater date night for only $30.00. Enjoy a savory Ribeye steak, baked potato, relish tray, salad, angel food cake with strawberry whipped cream, and tea or lemonade to wash it all down.

Dinner Music is provided by SageBrush Review made up of local favorite Kathy Corbett and John Putnam.

Kira Dermatis stars in her first play at Edgemont Theatre as William Board. A sign painter with lots of signage and quite a storyteller.

Carl Massa in his first play at Edgemont Theatre, plays Dusty Rhodes, the town deputy, with moderate to severe self esteem issues. He adores Terry but doesn’t think he’s good enough. 

Kali Schmidt stars in her third Edgemont Theatre play as Penny Ante, everyone’s trusty sidekick. She is Dusty’s.

Eli Hollenbeck, in her sixth play with the theatre plays Terry Cloth Robe. A fashion designer who wants to be Dusty’s girl, pure as the driven snow. Whatever that means.

Mackenzie Hollenbeck stars in her fourth role as Mrs. Ward Robe. Terry’s overprotective ma with a salty vocabulary.

Hunter Hollenbeck plays his sixth chacarter as the Tumbleweed Kid. Watch out for this one. He’s in disguise as the heroic sheriff.

Olivia Ellstrom in her third play stars as Helen Back, in disguise as a sweet young lady who is actually Tumbleweeds gal. 

Hadley Hollenbeck in her fourth play with Edgemont Theatre Company plays Tammy Gunn. The mayor, classy, and all those things. 

Mason Cortney plays his first role as Slim Chance, a nervous banker; the reason... he’s henpecked. 

Jenna Ostenson in her second appearance at Edgemont Theatre plays Nada Chance, Slim’s wife; an iron women who keeps her man on a tight leash. 

Peyton Ostenson also in her second appearance plays Hedda D’Class. Watch your hands! She is an old school, ruler wacking book worm. 

Brendan Nelson in his first play stars as Ricardo Tycoon, a railroad tycoon who may build his railroad through the town. 

Nate Tubbs in his fourth play, this time stars as Rusty Cattler, the villain... aspiring to be the greatest villain ever. Is he the number one, two, or three villain around?

Abby Tidball in her fifth play stars as Molly Coddle, Rusty’s gal; tired of his complicated plans. 

The audience is encouraged to cheer and boo during performances and concessions are available before the show and during intermission. 

If you missed the first week you can catch it again July 18, 19, or 20. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and Showtime is at 8 p.m.

Fall River County Herald Star

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