of "Gold in the Hills"
in the Hills Melodrama:"
"World's Longest Running Melodrama"
longest continually-running melodrama in the world
began with modest roots on March 28, 1936, by Julia Arnold on a U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers barge that had been redesigned to resemble a
riverboat and renamed the Dixie Belle.
in the Hills," an 1890s-era melodrama, was written in 1930 by J.
Frank Davis. The play was set in the New York Bowery and
featured a classic "good" versus "evil" plot.
the years, hundreds of volunteers have comprised a cast of cancan
dancers, Nell (the heroine farm girl), John (the hero farm boy), the
villain and his accomplice.
1948, "Gold" moved to the Sprague,
the largest and most powerful sternwheel towboat ever launched, which
had been decommissioned and purchased by the City of Vicksburg to
serve as a floating theater and river-related museum. When the Sprague
burned in 1974, the play was performed in a number of places until a
new theater was built in 1977.
matter what obstacles arise, "Gold in the Hills" delights
audiences every year who come to cheer and clap for the hero and
heroine, boo the villain (often throwing peanuts at him), and sing
along with the cast.
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