Mosley Street Melodrama
Wichita's only audience participation dinner theatre!
According to an article in the Wichita Eagle:
Mosley Street Melodrama is sort of Wichita's stealth entertainment. Tucked into a corner of Old Town, the theatrical troupe routinely fills its 200 seats every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Crowds gather for barbecue, an original melodrama written by a local playwright and an accompanying musical/comedy olio.
For 14 years this month, it keeps chugging along while other — perhaps flashier — local theater groups implode from artistic differences, cut back when economic times get tough or even shut down when backing runs out.
"It's all word of mouth," Patty Reeder, co-founder and now sole owner of Mosley Street Melodrama, says of the secret to her success and longevity.
"People know they can rely on us to give them a good time. They know what they're getting. We are dependable, mindless humor. There is a formula with heroes, heroines, villains and vamps. You can boo and hiss and throw popcorn at the villain," Reeder says.
"But we ad-lib a lot with the audience, so every show is different," she says.
"As long as people keep coming back, we must be doing something right."