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Hamilton drama to present “No Opera at the Op’ry House Tonight”

Come join the fun at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Nov. 8-11 as the Hamilton High School Drama Department presents “No Opera at the Op’ry House Tonight,” an old-fashioned melodrama written with a fast contemporary flair by playwright Tim Kelly. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

The Salami Opera Company is about to fall apart in the dusty hamlet of Desert Rat in the Arizona Territory. Foul villain Baron Wolfgang von Wolfpack knows that Alma Pumpernickle is about to inherit a fortune. He’d force her to marry him at once but she has no title, and family pride prevents him from marrying a commoner. To solve his dilemma, he enlists the aid of the notorious Lily Liverspot who discovers that a young nobleman is living incognito as Billy Bright, a destitute composer. Through shady means, Lily schemes to have the young people married so Alma will have a title, and after an annulment, Wolfpack will be able to marry her and claim her unsuspected wealth. Lily arranges a hilarious marriage, but before Wolfpack can claim his prize, he must reckon with the outrageous Madame Violetta whose operatic performance “must be heard to be depreciated.” The action climaxes with a performance of Billy’s opera, “Il Pistachio.”

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For advance ticket purchases and additional information, please call the Drama Department Box Office at (262) 246-6471 x1552.

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.