Drama club presents one-act comedy

The Onaway High School drama club will be presenting Alias Smedley Pewtree or The Villain of Glitter Gulch, a one-act comedy by Tim Kelly, Saturday Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.

The production was originally scheduled to be presented in November but was postponed when the Onaway High School girls’ volleyball team went to the state finals the same week. The students have been working hard to keep the play fresh as they prepare to present it.

CAST MEMBERS for Alias Smedley Pewtree or The Villain of Glitter Gulch are front from left Denise Porter, Sara Fullerton, Jordan Bischer and Ellie McLellan. Back from left are Victoria Anglin, Thomas Anglin, Brianna Fitzpatrick and Mike Hart. (Photo by Michele Peters)


The melodrama tells the story of Glitter Gulch, a once roaring gold mine town that has fallen on hard times. The villainous banker, Smedley Pewtree, is forcing the few families left to pay up or get out. During a fierce blizzard, the town’s people crowd into the eerie and deserted Nugget, a former gambling palace reputedly haunted by the spirits of long departed miners. 

Twists and turns come out during the hilarious, over the top, action, and finally the true villain is revealed. 

Cast members are Ellie McLellan as the sheriff, Mike Hart as the assayer, Jordan Bischer as the preacher’s widow, Emilee Madison as Goldie, Sarag Fullerton as Constance Lafoon, Denise Porter as obnoxious Little Irving, Madi Nash as the mysterious old flower woman, Thomas Anglin as Smedley Pewtree and Justin Pochmara as Rock Quarry.

The dazzling Glitter Gulch gals are played by Victoria Anglin, Brianna Fitzpatrick, Emily Glass and Maddy Watts while the production crew is made up of Hailey Alcarez, Darbey Gaynor, Grace Henning, Danielle Hosner, Alyssa Roat and Lisa Tulgestke.

The drama club is proud to present the play by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc of Englewood, Colorado. Tickets for the show are $2 for students, $4 for adults and $10 for a family living in the same household.