|April 29, 2004
WHO: Gavilan College Theater Arts
WHAT: Presents "The Drunkard! or Down With Demon Drink" by Brian J. Burton. It is a melodrama, with music, based on the 19th century version of the same story by W.H. Smiths.
"The Drunkard" tells the story of Edward, the penniless heir of his kind-hearted father, and a virtuous man. One day the villain Squire Cribbs lures Edward to drink in an inn, and the effect is instantaneous; he becomes a drunkard, and is consigned to a life of poverty. His foster brother William finds out what Cribbs is up to, and good triumphs over evil. The villian is found out and the drunkard is redeemed.
The play has an interesting history: "The original production was a play presented in 1844 at the Boston Museum and was written to capitalize on the flourishing Temperance Movement, which sought to wipe out alcoholic consumption in America. After 140 performances there (an astonishing record for those days), P.T. Barnum caught wind of it and presented it in the Moral Lecture Room (seating 2,000) at his American Museum in New York City, where it ran for 150 more performances. Barnum appeared between acts at the performances to lecture for Temperance. Many revivals followed, most notably in 1933 in Los Angeles, which ran for 29 years." (Music Theater International)
WHEN: May 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2004. All performances start at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Gavilan College Theater: 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020
General admission: $8
Children under 12: $6
Box Office: (408) 846-4973