Audience invited to join the fun in melodrama dinner show

08.22.2013 | By Rob Vanya


The evil actor Roscoe Ripshod (Cody Hoefar, guest artist from Pearland, left) tries to kidnap the pure and innocent Tess Truehart (Megan Acosta, San Jacinto College student from Humble), while the hero Guy Sting (Aaron Alford, San Jacinto College student from Orange, right) tries to help, in San Jacinto College’s melodrama “Ripshod’s Revenge.” Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department

Audience invited to join the fun in melodrama dinner show

Rob Vanya -- August 22, 2013



PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College Central theatre and film department will present “Ripshod’s Revenge,” an interactive melodrama dinner show that invites audience members to join the fun and participate in live theatre action.

Play-only productions will be staged on Sept. 4 and 5, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. Dinner show productions will take place on Sept. 6 and 7, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m., and curtain at 7:30 p.m. The meal will be prepared by the College’s culinary arts program. The production will be held in the Powell Arena Theatre at San Jacinto College Central, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.

This is the College’s 20th year to present a dinner show melodrama, a type of improvisational play in which the audience is encouraged to shout their support of the hero, and disapproval of the villain. “Yes, in a melodrama audience members are a part of the show,” commented Dr. Jerry Ivins, Central Campus theatre and film department chair.

In “Ripshod’s Revenge,” or “The Battle Cattle Booty Betrayed,” the evil villain Roscoe Ripshod is trying to take over the Battle Cattle Ranch and hold the innocent and pure, Tess True Heart, for ransom. Will our hero, Guy Sting, be able to see through this dashing evil actor and master of disguises? Help the good guys try to bring Ripshod to justice as you, the audience, boo and throw popcorn at the villain. The show promises fun for the entire family.

The cast includes San Jacinto College theatre students, as well as community residents.

The cost of admission for play-only shows is $10 per person. The admission cost for dinner show productions is $15 per person ($13 for San Jacinto College students and employees). All dinner show tickets must be purchased two days in advance of performance. To make reservations, please call the box office at 281-476-1828.

For more information about fine arts programs at San Jacinto College, please visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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