When did the Gold Rush Days melodrama become a political campaign platform? Sunday, Feb. 10, most Wickenburg residents attend the melodrama allowing out of towners to enjoy the Friday and Saturday night productions.

I was sorry to see Sunday night’s production, that CW was not the emcee and the sing-along with his usual performance. Instead, Cathy Weiss filled in for his absence.  During her performance a political campaign banner was brought out on the stage, “Rui for Mayor”.  Cathy Weiss, the wife of Rui, not only had the banner presented on stage once, but several times and had melodrama crew members hold the banner.

The melodrama is not the time or place to display political campaign banners.  Nor, passing out so called “cocktail drinks” to some in the audience to “share”. The audience was made up of adults and children.

In the past the cast would put little jabs in their lines on local and national current affairs which made it entertaining and fun.  

However, a politcal compaign banner along with the so-called cocktails was uncalled for and unacceptable.  I found it in poor taste.

I personally attend the annual melodrama to support the Desert Stagers for the good they do for our community and scholarships presented to students to further their education in arts and music careers.

I’m a Wickenburg resident of 50 years.

June Nelson


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