The “Muttcracker Sweet” Goes Virtual
By Sue Loudon
Martin City Melodrama opened October 2, 1985, at the former Methodist Church on the corner of 135th and Holmes. When that property was sold the production company moved to Metcalf South, then the Great Plains Mall in Olathe, followed by a short time in Crown Center. In addition to entertaining, Martin City Melodrama is a non-profit that serves people with special needs. It also adopts shelter dogs over 10 years old that no one else wants.
Jeanne Beechwood is “Dog Mom and Artistic Director,” the title she gives herself. She was happy to find the last theater location at 702 Blue Ridge Extension but unfortunately that is now closed due to the virus.
Its 36th season opening show,” Muttcracker Sweet,” is just in time for the holidays, running Friday December 18 to January 3. “It’s a movie you see on Zoom by clicking on a link. We are asking for a $20 donation,” said Beechwood. “Kids will love to see dogs in “tutus” dancing to the Nutcracker music.” It is cheap entertainment for the whole family. The “Muttcracker Sweet” is performed with the classical Tchaikovsky music.
Jack Muccino and Jeanne Beechwood also join the “pawformers” with a vaudeville revue which features singing, dancing and guitar solos. Jon Copeland is the musical director and Jack Muccino serves as the movie editor.
Ellen Beechwood designed the human and dog costumes. Their waterglass symphony is also included in the performance. Your donation is tax deductible. Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization because it works with actors with special needs and allows them to perform and enjoy the spotlight.
This virtual melodrama will be available as a video on demand stream. You will have up to 48 hours to view it after your donation. To view the preview trailer and to purchase your ticket for the show visit www.martincitymelodrama.org.