Braunfest Melodrama on tap for young and…not so young!

February 19, 2015 11:16 pm

Circle Arts Theatre has been writing and performing an annual melodrama in conjunction with Wurstfest for more than 40 years. Each one is a parody of a well-known story, movie or TV show that provides a German twist to promote our heritage.

In keeping with that tradition, Circle Arts Theatre has taken Janice Jordan Shefelman’s historically-based book, A Paradise Called Texas, and created a fun-filled mini-melodrama that will be performed by Circle Arts Theatre’s Youth Repertory Company, The Inner Circle, at Braunfest on Feb. 28.

The Inner Circle is made up of middle-school and high-school aged actors who perform at area schools and at youth theatre festivals. These talented young people share a love of live theatre and help ignite that passion in elementary school students in five surrounding counties. Not only are they promoting theatre arts, but each performance has a curriculum-based message that addresses a key topic. Some favorites include a play about the history behind the Cinco de Mayo holiday and an anti-bullying play.

As with all melodramas, the Braunfest show will include audience participation, singing, dancing and a barrel of fun. This one is even more special because The Inner Circle helped write the play as well.  It will be a showcase of the creativity of our youth and a celebration of our heritage. Don’t miss it. Check the PLAY page at for times.