Melodrama’s Unusual Egg Hunt Counts on Audience Participation

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easter egg hunt american melodramaThe All American Melodrama Theater located in Long Beach’s Shoreline Village is busy preparing for their annual, if not slightly unusual Easter Sunday tradition. The family friendly comedy venue will be holding a fun and interactive egg hunt during that evening’s performance. On entering the venue, each audience member will be given a score card to help count the many eggs hidden about the theater. The counting really takes off once the curtain rises on, “Back From The Future”, the theater’s current melodrama satire.  

“Our on stage egg hunt started as a way to entice theater goers to come out on a holiday night and has been very successful for us,” Ken Parks, Artistic Director for The All American Melodrama says. “People love watching our group of comedic, performers come up with new ways to incorporate an egg into the scene. It’s the one time laying an egg on stage is applauded.”

Actress Courtney Moon, who plays Elieen in the show, says, “I really look forward, each year, to the challenge of it. Melodrama is always audience participation heavy, but this steps it up to a new level.”

The rules are simple: Be the person to get closest to number of eggs, without going over, and you win a valuable package of prizes. Some of this year’s offerings are tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm, park, restaurant gift certificates, and theater tickets. Also, everyone in attendance will receive a special Easter Peep Ice Cream Sundae at intermission. The tasty treat features vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and topped with a marshmallow Peep candy.

The fun begins on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. inside The All American Melodrama Theater located at 429 Shoreline Village Drive, in Long Beach. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, and kids (12 and under) pay their age with a phone reservation. Tickets may be purchased over the phone at the theater’s box office by calling (562) 495 – 5900 or on line at

(photo by Mykl Roventine)

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