2017 marks the MTC's 45th melodrama season! Plan
to spend some time with us this summer when you make Mantorville one
of your recreation destinations.
Bring the whole family! Four completely
different melodramas for you to enjoy - all authored and directed by
local playwrights, two seeing their premier performances and two
returning for welcome revivals.
for our summer shows are May 21 and 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the
Mantorville Opera House.
or "What's my Lie?"written and
directed by Nan Strauss, playing June 16 - July 2, 2017
All is not as it seems in the life of
Trudy Leit. She lives with her sweet, old Auntie Mandy, who owns a
hotel and a gold mine. But perhaps Mandy isn't and doesn't!
What about the hotel guests with good credentials, but an air of evil?
What about Trudy, herself - is she sweet or is she a schemer? Trudy
must sort it all out and learn to discern truth from counterfeits.
Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8.
Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or
the Spell of Love" written and directed by
Sandra Hennings Miller, playing in Mantorville July 7 - July 23, 2017
with special Byron Sesquicentennial performances at Byron High School
July 27, 28, 2017
Dr. Ulysses Viper has rolled into town (or rather,
his wagon did!) advertising DR. VIPERS ELIXIR: THE WONDERS OF THE
AGES! and to be sure, his fluids have some substantial affect on those
who imbibe (oops! we mean ingest) Dr. Viper is accompanied by Horace.
Actually, Horace is a soloist, but never mind that! You'll learn more
as our story unfolds. Will our local rancher Fuller Moneypockets find
himself a bit short? Will he ever find his long lost son? Will his
daughter ever find true love? Join us and see!
tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507)
635-5420 or purchase online. The Byron Sesquicentennial tickets are
all at the reduced rate. Be sure to wear your sesquicentennial button
to be eligible for a special bonus!
Ratcatcher's Daughter" or "Death Valley Daze"
written by Tim Kelly and directed by Rachel Soland, playing July 28 -
August 13, 2017
Auntie Hush, famous for her "Hush Mush", runs an
orphanage in an abandoned stagecoach stop, but is soon to be tossed
out by the unscrupulous city slicker, Whiplash Snivel. His arrival has
been preceded by the entrance of lovely Sweet Lotta Bliss, from London
(She's a foggy type.) She plans to open a school. Seeking her is the
infamous Lady Pilfer (driven out of San Francisco for stealing ponies
from the Pony Express). She brings news that Lotta's father, a
ratcatcher, has been left a fortune by his deceased parent, a Russian
nobleman (Lotta didn't know she was a Lady.) Since Lotta refuses
Whiplash's oily offer of wedlock, he decides to get her money by
hastening her marriage to her one true love, Jack Sunshine, a salesman
of wash-and-wear furs. Alas, Jack owes his allegiance to the bottle.
Only Lotta's love can save him, but not if Whiplash can help it.
Adult tickets are $10.
Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or
This show is made possible
by a generous donation from our friends at the
offering a $3 discount
on meals totaling $20 per person for patrons who bring their
prepurchased ticket receipt to their wait-person when dining before
the show! (Offer good for our whole season!)
of the Canyon Kid" or "Poem on the Range"
written by Scott Cherney and directed by Denise
Ruemping, playing August 18 - September 9, 2017
The "Canyon Kid," our western version
of a (mostly) virtuous nomad, has returned home to Dirt Clod,
Missouri, and not a moment too soon! It seems Judge Basil Kadaver has
the town on edge for fear of being placed at the edge of his gallows.
And no doubt about it, life around Judge Kadaver is truly a taxing
experience - and we mean literally! Can Canyon Kid cancel Kadaver's
caustic calamities? More important, will his childhood sweetheart,
Darla Darling, dare to drop her betrothal with Sheriff Dalton Doolin?
Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8.
Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online
Note: The run of this show ends Saturday, September
9. There is
not a matinee performance on September 10. Please enjoy the Marigold
Days parade on Sunday the 10th!
We complete 2017 with these outstanding Productions:
"Nevermore- The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe"
written and composed by Jonathan Christenson and directed by Sarah
Schaller, playing October 6 -
October 29, 2017.
This unique and wildly theatrical musical combines haunting music,
poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the story of the
iconic American writer, Edgar Allan Poe. "Nevermore" blurs the line
between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe's
character and career, and giving powerful expression to Poe's words
"all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
We are pleased to continue our October tradition of combining
outstanding theatrical entertainment with an excellent meal, right in
the Mantorville Opera House.
Advanced ticket purchases are absolutely required,
so Omar and his team know how many and what kind of meals to make.
Regular tickets are $35 and reduced rate tickets are $33.
The Mantorville Theatre Company presentation of
"Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan
Poe" is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a
grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a
legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Christmas" written by
Norman C. Ahern, Jr. and Yvonne Ahern, and directed by Rachel Soland - - playing November 17 - December 3,
John Dale hasn't enjoyed a
"real Christmas" for years. So, on the spur of the moment, he decides to
"rent" a Christmas from a rental shop making the claim "We'll rent
anything." Anne Weston, who owns the local rent shop, is at first flustered
with the requirements: a tree with presents, Christmas carols and also a
wife and five children. Anne feels she has solved the problem of a Christmas
family by calling the actors' guild. But the young actors come down with the
measles so she turns to the local orphanage. When the guild can't locate a
"mother," Anne steps in to play the role herself. Based on the short story
by J. Lillian Vandervere, the story of how John Dale’s rented Christmas
turns into a new life for all concerned makes this a warm story for the
Looking for an opportunity for a special event? Contact us
about extending our run for a private showing! We've set aside December 8, 9,
and 10 to provide for groups that want to rent the hall (and us!)
On these unscheduled dates, you can buy the house for the cost of 100
reduced rate tickets ($1300)
Coming in February 2018:
(Are you planning a gathering for your group or company? Why
not consider "renting" us for a special performance on another night?)