52nd Annual Melodrama

Chris Discovers Florence or 'The Days and Knights of Columbus'


  • Derek Kowal

Assistant Director

  • Carol Hodges

Musical Director

  • Shelly Gushard

Production Date

  • May, 2016


  • Jeff Frolio

Adapted By

  • Derek Kowal
  • Tracie Mauk
  • Shelly Gushard
  • Molly Anderson
  • Pete Pedersen
  • Carol Hodges


It’s been almost a quarter of a century since The Florentine Players presented this original melodrama by Jeff Frolio. This is a tribute to Jeff who contributed, as author, actor . . . etc, in the production of many melodramas over the years. Perhaps the most favorite is this delightful journey into “Christopher Columbus, the 5th, 6th, or whatever” landing in the quaint little town of Florence. Chris’ crew is a throwback to the Caniglias, and includes Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, the Patron Saint of Plagiarism. Nuns in Florence??? Well there is, of course, a villain whose goal is to steal the massive “treasure chest” brought by Chris . . . so perhaps a nun will be needed after all! The villain also plans to steal the heroine, a beauty and “musician” of sorts. Join us as we enjoy the frivolities of this infamous crew – who stole the hearts of audiences 24 years ago.


Chris PerryDashley Blackheart (villain)
Katherine RushIsabella Trueheart (heroine)
Tim PagettChristopher Colombus (hero)
David FrolioDon Trenta
Alyssa BahlerShurley Rodeher
Tracie MaukPrissy Trueheart
Ric GustafsonSwifty Trueheart
Dede HearityJuan Don Reynoldo
Bob SandersJuan Don Tuckeraro
Pete PedersenJuan Don Scurvy Cumming
Eric GreenJuan Don Yann State
Jim WatsonDonald Cinch
Maddy FredericksonHillary Cinch
Carol HodgesTight Fisty
Shannelle KrebbsAmanda Doomy
Sarah KlecknerAmanda Mount
Tracey PrenticeAmanda Poker
Shakeida BullisAmanda Hump
Amanda ZustraNina
Sig GustafsonPinta
Cecelia SassSanta Maria

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2016 Season: 52nd Annual Melodrama

Special Thanks To the Following for Contributions to the Raffle

  • Cuva Cuts
  • Eagle Run Golf Course
  • Bazers Signs ‘N Designs
  • Ted’s Liquor
  • OJ’s Cafe
  • Zesto’s
  • Harold’s Koffee House
  • Cabin Lodge
  • Tussy’s Casual Grill
  • Scooters Coffee (on McKinley)
  • Jones Automotive
  • Godfathers Pizza
  • Golden Corral
  • Fox & Hound English Pub and Grill
  • Kelley’s North Bown
  • Target
  • Dee-Signs
  • Northwest Nursery
  • Wow Cuts & Styles
  • Lolo Chicken and Waffles
  • Periwinkles
  • Funny Bone Omaha
  • Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Wallmart (99th and Irvington)
  • Omaha Tree
  • Petrow’s Restaurant
  • Sgt. Peffers
  • Treat America Food Services
  • Outback Restaurant
  • Omaha Community Playhouse
  • Longhorn Streak House
  • Durham Heritage Museum
  • HyVee Drug
  • Joslyn Art Museum
  • Lauritzen Gardens
  • Applebee’s
  • Home Depot
  • Enzo’s Restaurant
  • OK Electric Co, Inc.