Parke Players will present "Only An Orphan Girl" for their 36th annual Covered Bridge Festival melodrama. The show is a traditional Victor8ian style melodrama with a rustic twist as Arthur Rutherford, an oily, city slicker, descends upon the peaceful rural village in search of his long lost niece, Nelly.
Unbeknownst to Nelly, who hitherto believers herself to be an orphan, a fortune has been left to her by her estranged father. Of course, her uncle Arthur is fully aware of the bequest and is out to acquire it for himself. The usual methods of persuasion and trickery ensue and the serene lives of the villagers are disrupted as personal relationships are challenged, the mortgage hijacked and naturally, our heroine ends up at the sawmill, tied to a log, headed for a huge saw. All part of the melodrama experience. The show is complete with audience participation and the authentic piano music of the era that has become the trademark of the Parke Players melodrama since 1971.
"Only An Orphan Girl" will be presented Thursday at 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
The traditional Parke County Night production will be on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. All melodrama tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the Parke Players ticket shack on the south side of the square during Bridge Festival hours and at the Ritz Theater box office each night before the show.
A special concert by the United States Air Force Band ensembles Lincolnland Brass and The Midwest Woodwind Quintet will be presented at the Ritz Theater at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The concert is free of charge and advance tickets can be obtained at Parke County Inc. located in the historic jail on the southeast corner of the square in Rockville and at the theater the night of the show. Advance ticket holders for the concert must be at the theater before 6:45 p.m.
For a complete schedule, visit the Parke Players Web site at