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Melodrama at Cowtown

Contact: Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services |

Melodrama Mike’s presenting three performances this weekend

Melodrama Mike’s Play Service will present “Money in the Bank or It’s All Your Vault” June 13-15 in Cowtown’s Empire House Theater. Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A special Father’s Day production will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The family-friendly shows are part of Cowtown’s “Empire House Live!” 2014 performance series. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for youth. They are $14/$12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (316) 350-3323. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

“Money in the Bank or It’s All Your Vault” includes an over-the-top exaggerated plot, hero, villains and damsel in distress that melodrama audiences have come to love and expect. It was written by veteran actor Mike Roark, who will also direct the production. Empire House Theater is a familiar setting for Roark, who was a regular melodrama performer at Cowtown in the 1980s and 1990s. He is also well known to Wichita audiences for writing, directing and starring in productions at Mosley Street Melodrama. Many of Roark’s melodramas which have been produced professionally throughout North America and around the world.

Melodrama is one of many diverse entertainment options included in The Empire House Live! performance series. Empire House Theater’s unique setting and intimate seating for 150 people gives Wichitans an up-close-and-personal experience with performers. A complete list of “Empire House Live!” events is available at

Established in 1952, Cowtown is one of the oldest living-history museums in the Midwest. The Museum preserves our community’s history by immersing visitors in experiences that represent life in Wichita from 1865 to 1880. Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works in partnership with the City of Wichita to enhance and further the Museum and its mission.

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