WAYNE – The Wayne Community Theatre presented South Sioux City’s New Stage Players in “Virtue and Justice Triumph Again” in the Willow Bowl on Wayne State College’s campus Saturday evening.
“Virtue and Justice Triumph Again” was an over the top melodrama complete with villain, Archibald Q. Snidely, movie icons inspired by Charlie Chaplain and Dracula, and even a peanut gallery to pelt the bad guy.
The New Stage Players were a familiar group for the Wayne Community Theatre according to member, Melissa Derechailo.
“We actually brought them in in the fall to do a dinner theater called ‘Tony and Tina’s Wedding,’ which was a really great success so when they contacted us about the melodrama, we were really excited to bring them back to town to do another show,” Derechailo said.
Though it looked like it could rain at the start of the show, the crowd hiss, booed and cheered from blankets and lawn chairs. The price for admission was a goodwill offering and the Community Theatre ran a concession stand selling drinks and popcorn before the 45-minute show. Derechailo spoke about the importance of community theater companies in places like Wayne.
“It’s important that theater is accessible, theater is important for so many reasons not just for entertain, but it’s a wonderful expression, it’s a way of learning new ideas,” Derechailo said.
Derechailo and the Wayne Community Theatre will have their own production, “Return to the Forbidden Planet” July 13-16. For more information about Wayne Community Theatre, find them on facebook or visit their website at waynecommunitytheatre.net.