CLOC Preps for Last Melodrama of 2015 Season

2015 CLOCThe “actors” with the Cloudcroft Light Opera Company are set to return to the stage for their third and final melodrama of the 2015 season. “The Ballad of Gopher Gap,” begins the first of five free performances Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the CLOC Pavilion in Cloudcroft.

This family-friendly show is directed by Team Courvoisier, a.k.a. Tony and Becky Courvoisier, and their son, Scotty, a senior at Cloudcroft High School. Performances are Aug 28-29, and Sept. 4-6, and begin at 7:30 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the seating is first come-first serve.

The plot for the hour-and-a-half performance involves Bunco DeSneer “salting the Spenawampum Mine in Gopher Gap with fake minerals. He hopes to snare rich Easterners looking for a good investment.”

Becky Courvoisier says tireless director Arlan Ponder will be back on stage “for the first time in a couple of years” as DeSneer. Other veterans who’ve not been in a roll for some time, as well, include Mike Mishkin as Judge Abercrombie; and Charliss Randall, a 20-year CLOC member, as Minerva Hotchkiss, “a fiery journalist determined to reveal the truth regarding the Spenawampum Mine.”

“This play has a lot of witty lines,” Becky said. “We’ve even added a few songs and dance can i order nexium online routines to this good ole’ fashioned western melodrama. Plus it’s great to have some of our longtime members back on the stage.”
Some newcomers and regulars will be acting, too, including Meghan Edwards as heroine Verlinda Springblossom, “a picture of sweetness, innocence, and charm”; Harry Crinklaw as the mysterious stranger, Toby Mugg; Dave Bradshaw as Slats, the useful sidekick to Bunco De Sneer; Shelby Lisk as Flora Fourflusher, another member of the dastardly trio of villains; Bryanna Bradshaw as Becky, the orphan so poor she doesn’t even have a last name; and Scotty Courvoisier as Rocky Romantic, mountain man, poet, and questionable hero.

The Cloudcroft Light Opera Company is a non-profit organization that gives five $500 scholarships each year to students in Cloudcroft and Alamogordo. The group also works with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide books free of charge to children 0-5 years in the Cloudcroft area. In addition, the club serves as a sponsor of the Desert Lights Film Festival.

In 2015, they donated $4,000 from a murder mystery to the Cloudcroft School’s Science Olympiad and Knowledge Bowl teams. In November 2015, CLOC is set to work with the New Mexico Space Museum on a one-night murder mystery to raise funds for their summer programs