Actor Troy Boone reacts comically to the news that the Pickleville Playhouse has added five new matinee shows to their already busy schedule of presenting the musical melodrama ‘New Sheriff in Town’ and the Disney musical ‘Beauty and the Beast.”

GARDEN CITY – Due to popular demand, the Pickleville Playhouse here has announced the addition of five matinee performances to its already busy summer schedule.

“The demand has just been crazy this summer,” said director Derek Davis.

The rustic community theater here is now presenting the original musical melodrama New Sheriff in Town in repertory with the well-known Disney musical Beauty and the Beast.

New Sheriff in Town was originally scheduled to run May 21 to Sept. 5. Now new matinees are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5 at 1:00 p.m and Thursday, Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

As originally scheduled, Beauty and the Beast was set to run from June 21 to Aug. 19. New matinee performances of the Disney musical are now slated for Friday, July 29 at 1 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Davis said that ticket sales for those matinees are now open and patrons should book now to get the best seats.

The Davis family that runs the Pickleville Playhouse use a color coding system on their ticket sales website. Green means “great seats available,” amber indicates that “tickets are selling fast” and red means “tickets are almost gone.”

Of 19 performances between now and Aug. 19, only four performances of Beauty and the Beast were listed in the green (great seats available) category prior to the addition of the new matinees.

For the melodrama New Sheriff in Town, patrons would have had to hunt and peck until early August before having their choice of seating.

“Summer of is going fast,” Davis said, the creator of the melodrama, “and tickets are going even faster.”

On July 12, Davis reported that 75 percent of tickets for both New Sheriff in Town and Beauty and the Beast had already been purchased.

Located on the shore of Bear Lake, the rustic Pickleville Playhouse seats about 300 patrons at each performance.

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