‘Cookies and Clovers’ performances continue this weekend, June 16-17
Audiences have plenty to cheer about — and even boo with the encouragement of the director and cast — with the Pulaski Fine Arts Association’s summer production of “The Old Cookie Shop” and “Mischief in the Magnolias,” which opened Friday and Saturday at the Theater on the Square in downtown Waynesville.
The two plays, collectively titled, “Cookies and Clovers,” are melodramas set in the 1800s, a time when live theater included a healthy dose of audience participation, according to director Rhea Anne Mathews.
“Melodramas are interactive,” Mathews said. “The audience can cheer the heroes with hoorays and boo the villains with hisses. Actors frequently address the audience, as well. Both of these plays are set in the 1800s, so there’s lighthearted entertainment with a little bit of history, musical reference and literature thrown in.”
Must sweet Nellie O’Grady marry the dastardly Mortimer Whiplash to save her mother’s cookie shop? Will H. Harry Goodwell save the day? Will Hadley A. Heartburne take control of Clover Leaf Mansion? These questions and more will be answered when the actors take the stage.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee scheduled for Sunday. Future performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 16 and 17.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger and are available at Lone Oak Printing in Waynesville, St. Robert Family Dental and the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitor Center in St. Robert.