Great railroad scam occurred in Grafton over the weekend

GRAFTON—Theatre on Main held its debut production over the weekend and brought the love of theatre to the town.

The stage was set at the International Mother’s Day Shrine for the debut production. White chairs lined the general assembly room and the community gathered to watch the production.

The production was called The Great Denver Railroad Scam. It was a hilarious comedy that was set in the late 1800’s in the old west during the great railroad building era.

A scheming businessman named Horace Horsefat, played by Tom Hart, was snatching up land to make a huge profit not letting anyone get in his way, not even little old ladies.

The play was produced by a special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., based out of Englewood, Colorado.

The cast members were Joshua Hoffman, Cassie Everly, Tom Hart, Chris Rucker, Chloe Collins, Eilas Rubenstein, Rebecca Manley, Cerinity Duncan, Shelly Hoffman, Patty Smith and Morgan Johnson.

The Grafton Railroad storytellers were Kevin Stead and Patty Smith.

The production was directed by Duretha Mayle, Ashley Collins was in charge of costumes and the light and sound crew consisted of Adrienne Kunce, Carol Harvey and Bryan Smith.

Hart shared that it was a tremendous experience to participate in the first-ever production of Theater on Main.

“Now that I can fully appreciate what it takes to pull of such a production, I can more fully appreciated the work performing artists do,” he expressed. “To all the cast members and crew, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Stead stated that everyone did such a great job.

“What an opportunity that exists in this community with the Manos and Theatre on Main,” voiced Stead. “There is an opportunity for many individuals out there who may and will come forward to participate to help keep the momentum going.”

City council Member Jerold Isner shared that he enjoyed the performance, and thought the acting was incredible!

“The cast was very talented and thanks for showcasing our town,” he expressed.

The cast and crew would like to thank the City of Grafton, Mother’s Day Shrine, Taylor County Commission, parents and families of the cast, Mirage Sound-Skip Mason, D & E College- Theatre Department, Manos Steering Committee, Good Shephed UM Church, Gidley GRAFX, Donna Hart, Darlene Haddix, Espresso Yourself, Grafton High School, Shelia Westfall, Rob Mayle, Ashley Collins, Pam Brown,  Peggy Barney, Victoria Hoffman, Jerry’s Restaurant, United Sound and Electronics and the community for coming out and supporting the show.

Mayle shared that is was an absolutely fantastic weekend of theatre in Grafton.

“Thank you so much to everyone who came out and supported us,” she exclaimed.

In addition, Mayle announced that the next play will be first weekend in April and that while details haven’t been worked out yet, more will be announced at a later date.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Mountain Statesman for upcoming plans for the Manos and Theatre on Main.

“Look for future opportunities to raise money so we can get the Manos open cast and crew did a fabulous job,” shared Mayle.

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