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Peacock Children’s Theatre to present ‘Stop the Presses’

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MARENGO – Peacock Children’s Theatre Inc., a Southern Indiana Regional Theatre that provides entertainment, education and fun for children and families in southern Indiana, will present an old fashioned melodrama “Stop the Presses!” written by Tim Kelly for elementary students and adults to enjoy.

A cast of 12 plus extras stars in this melodrama that takes place in the Colorado Clarion News Paper office in the town of Four Corners, Colo., where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet.
Sleazy Tab Loyd the Villain (played by Caitlin Reese) is running for mayor against an honest opponent, Edward Torial (David Du-gan). Aspen Print (Chelsea Roy) the editor of the Clarion will not endorse Sleazy. With the help of Debbie Denbo (Daryan Winings), he finds a way to buy the newspaper and endorses himself for mayor. His sidekick, Pan Handle (Grace Cox), uses chewing gum and Elmer’s Glue to make the newspaper a sticky business.  
Honest Jack Newsworthy (James Bernard) with the help of Dusty (Lee Taylor), the express rider who lost his pony, solves the mystery as to how Sleazy and Debbie Denbo stole the newspaper from Granny Print (Martha Hickerson). Seazy jumps from state to state to avoid arrest, trying not to get “cornered.”
Other members of the cast include Judy Paige Newspaper girl played by Carol Judd; Lady’s Maid, Shea Morgan; Mrs. Pickles, Kendra Kaltofen; Mrs. Grisley, Sara Aaron and the Four Corner’s Citizens, Malaya Proctor, Bailey Lane, Tina Smith, Jim Smith and Jackie Young.
Director’s assistants are Jim and Tina Smith; prompt-er is Donald Standiford; lights and sound is Roger Curry; costumes, Maria Standiford Wishart and set, Harry Harden.
Performances will be at the Hillview Christian Church, 4180 E. State Road 64 in Marengo, at 7 p.m. April 26 and at 2 and 7 p.m. April 27. Running time will be approximately 70 minutes.
Tickets may be purchased from cast members or at the door 30 minutes before the show.
General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group and large family rates are available.  
For more information, call Rita Harden, founder and artistic director, at (812) 338-3845.