CASCO – “Only an Orphan Girl,” an old-fashioned melodrama to be staged by Lake Region Community Theatre tonight, Saturday and Sunday, boasts backdrops handpainted in the manner of the 1890s.

For this ambitious undertaking, well-known Bridgton artist and muralist Nell Ely has brought to life the atmosphere of a New England farm in late October, the warmth of a country parlor on Christmas Eve and a foreboding sawmill.

“Only an Orphan Girl” features a collection of musical numbers, which will take place between the four acts. First on the bill will be a recitation by Philip Cole of Casco, who has appeared at the Casco Grange Hall for many years.

Following his rendition of the “Flea and the Flea Powder” will be a dance in the Greek classical tradition performed by three English ladies: Gay Reid of Otisfield, Carmel Collins of Naples and Anne Miller of Casco. Tom Littlefield, a baritone from Oxford Hills, will sing “A Mother is a Boy’s Best Friend.” Dorothy Canwell, also of Oxford Hills, will share her whistling talents; and Rosie Schacht of Bridgton will perform an old-time song from the 1890s.

Master-of-ceremonies Lonnie Westcott will introduce each act and lead the audience in community singing.

Pricilla Delehanty and Peter Terry will accompany the company of actors, singers and dance performers on the pianoforte.

“Only an Orphan Girl” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Casco Grange hall. Tickets, $10, will be sold at the door.

For more information, call Anne Miller at 627-4989 or Gordon Peaco at 539-2655.



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