• Recycled Youth is a free, after-school performing arts program for teens in Southern Humboldt County. - Photo by Agnes Patak — Contributed by Joani Rose

  • Recycled Youth members are presenting a production of “Showdown in Mudville,” a tale set in the Old West. - Photo by Agnes Patak — Contributed by Joani Rose



A “new tale of the Old West” is playing at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, starting at the end of November.

Recycled Youth, a free, after-school performing arts program for teens, is presenting “Showdown in Mudville” from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

“This year’s show is a bit different,” stated a news release announcing the upcoming production. “Rather than a tapestry of short plays woven together, it is one story.”

That story takes place in the town of Mudville — a scene out of the Old West.

“Mudville is plagued by many of the age-old problems that plague our modern world: drought, greed, dishonest politicians, the deportation of Mexicans, suppression of women’s rights, alcoholism, mortgage foreclosures, and prejudice against people of color,” the release stated.

The teens will play a range of familiar Western characters — a sheriff, a saloon girl, a school teacher, an outlaw, a bartender, and a crooked mayor among others.

“Jeanne York and Marsha Mendells will provide music and sound effects for this year’s show,” the release stated.

According to the release, this is the final show with artistic director Joani Rose, but there is “movement afoot to keep the program going.”

“I can see myself helping with the transition if I’m needed, but it’s time for me to pass the torch” said Rose, in a statement.

Refreshments will be available at the show as well as T-shirts for sale. There is also a raffle with a variety of prizes, including two nights at the Benbow Inn.

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