Melodramas to light up the stage at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN, Neb. – Grab the popcorn and enjoy some light-hearted family fun at a Eugene T. Mahoney State Park melodrama this summer.

This year’s schedule features the premiere of three plays in conjunction with Popcorn Productions:

— “The Easterner,” written by D. Chapelle, tells the tale of a slacker from New York City who strives to save the beautiful Millie from Mooselips Tompkins, the village villain.

— Written by D. Chapelle, the play “Finefellow’s Fireworks Folly” features the story of a wedding jeopardized by a dastardly bank embezzler.

— “The Witch of Waverly Wood,” written by Julie Eschliman, follows the adventures of a grown-up Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood, who must save a handsome stranger from a scheming witch.

Plays are held at The Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Memorial Theatre starting May 25, with a rotating schedule, five days a week. For a complete schedule, visit

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and $20 for families of two adults and two children under 12. Present a theater ticket at Caddy’s Parkside Grill, Mahoney’s new restaurant, on the day of the show and receive 10 percent off the cost of your entree.

For more information, call the park at 402-944-2523. A Nebraska park entry permit is needed for each vehicle entering the park.