How about a night at the opera as the Hamilton High School Drama Department presents "No Opera at the Op'ry House Tonight" from Nov. 8 to 11.
The show, which is described as an "old-fashioned melodrama written with a fast contemporary flair," will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The high school provides a plot:
The Salami Opera Company is about to fall apart in the dusty hamlet of Desert Rat in the Arizona Territory. Foul villain Baron Wolfgang von Wolfpack knows that Alma Pumpernickle is about to inherit a fortune. He'd force her to marry him at once but she has no title, and family pride prevents him from marrying a commoner.
To solve his dilemma, he enlists the aid of the notorious Lily Liverspot who discovers that a young nobleman is living incognito as Billy Bright, a destitute composer. Through shady means, Lily schemes to have the young people married so Alma will have a title, and after an annulment, Wolfpack will be able to marry her and claim her unsuspected wealth.
Lily arranges a hilarious marriage, but before Wolfpack can claim his prize, he must reckon with the outrageous Madame Violetta whose operatic performance "must be heard to be depreciated." The action climaxes with a performance of Billy's opera, "Il Pistachio."
Tickets for adults are $8 and for students and senior citizens $5. Call the Drama Department Box Office at (262) 246-6471 x1552 for advance ticket purchases and information.