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‘Rogue of the Railway’ now onstage
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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STUDENTS rehearse a scene from “Rogue of the Railway.”  Courtesy photo
STUDENTS rehearse a scene from “Rogue of the Railway.” Courtesy photo
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WOODS CROSS -  The art of moustache twirling lives on. 

CenterPoint Academy is reviving all the heroic derring-do and evil cackling of classic melodramas in “Rogue of the Railway,” running now through Jan. 11 and Jan. 15-18 in the Leishman Performance Hall. 

“Audiences these days don’t have many opportunities to enjoy this type of theater,” said CenterPoint Education Director Margo Beecher. “Melodrama can be a lot of fun.” 

The show, which is also a musical, resurrects a lot of classic melodramatic tropes that are rarely seen in modern theater productions. 

For those not familiar with the genre, melodrama is a style of storytelling that puts stock characters in a lot of danger in order to appeal to the emotions. 

“There’s even the traditional bit where our heroine is tied to the train tracks,” said Beecher. “The audience will get to hiss and boo at key moments.” 

“Rogue” is also giving the academy’s teenage students the chance to explore a style of acting they haven’t tried before. 

“They didn’t understand much about melodrama, so it took them awhile to warm up to it,” she said. “Once they started to understand it, they began to really enjoy it. We’re having more and more fun as we go.” 

Beyond that, she hopes the experience will make them better actors as a whole. 

“It’s a good way for kids to explore creating characters in an environment where it’s okay to almost exaggerate,” she said. “It’s been interesting to watch the learning curve.”

Performances are at 5 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. Tickets are $7, or $6 when purchased in groups of five or more. They can be purchased online at centerpointtheatre.org or at the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre box office.   

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