Through the years, the Melodrama has become a celebrated annual event, drawing dedicated fans across the region.
"We have our own groupies," Director Liz Woods said. "Some of them know the lines better than the actors do."
This year's production will be "The Face on the Barroom Floor," by Tim Kelly, a comedic western melodrama based on the 1867 poem of the same name.
Irreverent and full of slapstick humor, the version of the tale revolves around a tone-deaf singer and her fiancÚ, a color-blind artist.
Their love is tested when a hard-up hussy wraps her arms around the powerless painter, and an evil theatrical producer cons the would-be singer out of a large inheritance.
A couple of dim-witted prospectors, a ghoulish widow, and a revenge-seeking Persian princess round out the talented cast of the melodrama.
At a Parke Players' Melodrama, audience members are participants, not just observers, as coins are thrown, hissing at the villain takes place and upstaging the actors, who often interact with audience members directly.
The dialogue between the stage and the audience makes each performance fresh and unexpected.
Andrew Snowden will perform piano at the event. He took over the job as Parke Players pianist from his uncle, Bill Ott, in the early 80s and has been a crowd favorite since.
The villain for the past several years, Michael Oellig, is another crowd favorite. Oellig, who was recently in a vehicle accident, will continue to play the role this year despite his injuries.
"The show must go on," Oellig said.
The performances will take place at the Ritz Theater, one-half mile west of the square in Rockville.
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 9-12, Oct. 14-17 and Oct. 20. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $7.
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