2021 Annie Oakley Days Melodrama
Shirley's Seam Shoppe has a Cole Fate...
Ed Venture Awaits
By: Christopher Chapa
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 23-25, 2021
Where: Darke County Fair Grounds
More Information: FREE FESTIVAL, FREE PARKING, FREE FAMILY FUN FOR ALL AGES!!!
Directed By: Laura Shafer
Shirley U. Care operates Shirley’s Seam Shoppe with the help of her son Benji. Shirley is a widow that has been struggling to make ends meet since her husband passed away in a terrible mining accident. When the mayors wife, Mary Gold, announces that there is a new sheriff in town and that Shirley has been tasked with creating his uniform, Shirley is eager to meet him. Ed Venture is nervous about his first day as the sheriff and his niece Clara is happy for her Uncle, as he hasn’t been the same since his wife passed away in a terrible train accident. Shirley and Ed immediately have a connection and fall for each other very quickly. However, it isn’t all perfect in the shoppe. Cole Dasice owns the building that Shirley’s Seam Shoppe operates in and he is threatening to shut her down, as she is behind on the rent payments. If he shuts Shirley’s business down, she will not be able to support herself and Benji and they will be forced to live on the streets. Cole even has a potential new buyer lined up, Lois Bidder. When Cole asks Celia Fate, the towns gossip and floozie, to help him in distracting the new sheriff, she is happy to oblige and brings her niece, Eve Hill, along to help with the task. Throw in an aspiring saloon entertainer, Gary/Carrie Oakie, and this show is sure to make you laugh all the way through.