Pocatello High School’s Act One to perform melodrama May 9, 10, 11 and 13

May 1, 2019

Pocatello High School’s Act One presents “Because their Hearts were Pure; or, The Secret of the Mine,” written by Morland Cary on May 9, 10, 11 and 13 in the Pocatello High School Auditorium.

The melodrama “Because Their Hearts were Pure; or, The Secret of the Mine” is focused around Widow Dalrymple (Ava Wilkey) and Widow Truelove (Eryn Beck) whose lives depend on a coal mine that was left to them by their husbands. The lovely Melody Truelove (Cassidy Callen), daughter of Widow Truelove, is engaged to the gallant Goodwin Dalrymple (Mason Sistrunk), son of Widow Dalrymple. Life seems to be going well for this soon to be happy family, until the villainous banker Mr. Sebastian Hardacre (Kedric Haskett), who holds the mortgage on the mine, says he is going to foreclose. Melody must now seek a job and become a teacher at the Spring Glen School House. She works alongside the uptight Miss Hatchett (Nicolette Lambson) who hates men and two sad and lonely school board members Mr. Bleakly (Joel Entrikin) and Mr. Grimstone (Ryker Rodriguez). To also help his family, Goodwin goes to work as a sailor, but is soon lost at sea.

While this situation is happening, Will (Brandon Smith), a helpless sailor, is also shipped off to sea by Lulu Mae (Shay Freeman) and Michael Finn (Preston Johnson), while they are all together at the flirtatious Shanghai Mamie’s (Katie Tea) bar. After a shipwreck, Will loses his memory and leaves behind his poor wife and their baby. In search of a baby to further his scheme, Sebastian goes to a local orphanage and happens to meet Patience Faithful (Autumn Cutler) who is forced to give up her baby when her husband doesn’t return from sea.

These two stories are soon connected as Melody finds the child and takes care of it as her own, and as the clueless Will lives with the widows and tries to figure out who he is. Everything seems to be falling apart because these families are all separated and the Widows are about to lose their mine. It seems as though Sebastian Hardacre has won — or has he?

Will pure hearts be enough to save the day or will villainy rein supreme? Come find out! Enjoy a night of hissing, booing, cheering and popcorn throwing as you watch this interactive melodrama with exciting characters!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for children and students with activity cards