Fruitvale School to stage melodrama

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The Fruitvale School in rural Lincoln will stage “The Handsome School Master and the Rancher’s Daughter” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16. Located at 3425 Fruitvale Road just off Sierra College Boulevard and Fowler Road, the 119-year-old schoolhouse will serve as the setting for the outdoor melodrama under the stars. Bring your garden chairs or blankets for seating and be prepared to hiss at the villain and cheer the hero and heroine in this original play based on the history of the Lincoln area. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for children. They are available in advance at the Lincoln Chamber Office or the Blue Goose Produce Market in Loomis. The actors are dedicated members of the community rather than professionals and who share their love of drama as volunteers. Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt will make his dramatic debut this year as the county official who fights the villains by helping to set the record straight. The play is sponsored by the Fruitvale Association and is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which maintains the antique schoolhouse and hosts educational programs about history and agriculture. For more information, go online at