Idaho Smith and the Drinking Fountain of Youth — yep, it’s Melodrama

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melodrama-idaho-smithThe All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall opens its latest comedy, melodrama: “Idaho Smith and The Drinking Fountain of Youth, on January 15.

Idaho Smith tells the story of a “not so famous” archeologist and explorer who stumbles upon an ancient temple and its mysterious resident. It’s a fast-paced action-movie satire with even quicker dialogue that features the musical vaudeville revue, “Safari So Good.”

The American Melodrama is a family entertainment venue that offers a combination of casual dining with a live show where theatergoers can boo the “dastardly Villain,” cheer the “stalwart Hero” and sigh for the lovely “Damsel in Distress.”

Artistic Director Ken Parks, a veteran show director for The Walt Disney Company and Knott’s Berry Farm says,”What could be more All-American than sitting down at a checkered tablecloth with a hot dog, plate of spaghetti, popcorn, soda pop and beer to watch a great comedy melodrama where Good always triumphs over Evil?”

Idaho Smith and the Shirley Temple of Doom stars Jeremy Carter, Dale Jones, Emily Pessano, and Paul Villano. Written by Jeremy Carter and Directed by Ken Parks, the comedy melodrama is presented four times a week January 15 through March 7.

Performances take place Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sundays at 7:00 pm. Doors and concessions open one half-hour before showtime. All seating is general. Reservations are recommended by calling the theater at: 562 495-5900.

The All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall is located in the downtown Long Beach waterfront’s Shoreline Village at 429-E Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90804. For more information call the theater or visit the theater’s website at:

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