The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown will play host to some “mid-summer silliness,” presenters said in a media release, as it offers “It Happened in Middletown” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. 

It will be performed by a troupe of local thespians directed by Marge Miller. The playlet will be staged at the HSM hall at 778 Cemetery Road in Margaretville. Admission is by donation.

The cast of the “campy melodrama,” set in the 1890s, includes Burr Hubbell as Rev. Trueheart Bubble, Katie Rosa and Erin Cure as orphaned sisters Aster and Petunia Fairbaby, Grant Cure as Chesterton Goodblood (known as “Chest” due to his renowned muscularity), and Jim Yaekel as odiferous villain Fred “Fartin” McMartin, tavern owner and well-known distributor of distilled spirits.

In this second original HSM melodrama by Marvella Mueller, whose script was discovered in a the HSM’s archives, according to a media release. Aggie Laub will return as the town floozy, Lips LaRouge, a woman of questionable virtue and an even murkier past.

Kent Brown will provide incidental music. Audience boos, hisses and cheers are expected. Running time is about 20 minutes.

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