Summer melodrama on Quincy-area stages this weekend

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  • Courtesy photo Every good melodrama needs a surveyor (Shannon Poldevart, left), including the Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of “Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure” this weekend.

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    Courtesy photo A good henchman is hard to find, as the villainess discovers, in the Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of ‘Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure’ this weekend.

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    Courtesy photo It’s quite possible the butler (Galen Golay, left) didn’t do it in this weekend’s Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of “Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure.” Sam Ronish (right) plays the inspector.

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    Courtesy photo There are nefarious deeds afoot, as Pauline (Megan Slager, center) discovers in the Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of ‘Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure’ this weekend. Sam Ronish (left) is the inspector, and Nancy Connelly plays the maid.

  • Courtesy photo Every good melodrama needs a surveyor (Shannon Poldevart, left), including the Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of “Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure” this weekend.

  • 1

    Courtesy photo A good henchman is hard to find, as the villainess discovers, in the Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of ‘Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure’ this weekend.

  • 2

    Courtesy photo It’s quite possible the butler (Galen Golay, left) didn’t do it in this weekend’s Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of “Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure.” Sam Ronish (right) plays the inspector.

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    Courtesy photo There are nefarious deeds afoot, as Pauline (Megan Slager, center) discovers in the Quincy Valley Allied Arts production of ‘Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure’ this weekend. Sam Ronish (left) is the inspector, and Nancy Connelly plays the maid.

QUINCY — A tale of dastardly plotters plotting, dauntless heroines being undaunted, and the hero - Inspector Detector - heroically detecting comes to the Quincy area this weekend. “Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure” will hit the stage in George tonight and an area winery Saturday.

The play is presented by Quincy Valley Allied Arts.

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. each day. Today’s performance is scheduled for the outdoor stage in the George park; the Saturday performance is scheduled for the amphitheater at White Heron Cellars, 23832 Fine Wine Rd., Quincy. Tickets are $5 per person, and are sold at the door.

“A melodrama,” said director Mandy Ottley. And the QVAA production is definitely melodramatic. “We have a guy who comes across (the stage) with ‘boo’ and ‘hiss’ signs.”

The play tells the story of the dauntless heroine Pauline (Megan Slager in the QVAA production), who has inherited her grandfather’s estate. Alas for Pauline, there is a dastardly villainess lurking about grandfather’s mansion. The Baroness (Holly Peterson), and her equally dastardly henchmen (Pat Connelly and Paul Slager) want to get their hands on the treasure, and will stop at nothing. But Inspector Detector (Sam Ronish) is on the case.

The summer production is a staple for QVAA, Ottley said, and is a way to use the outdoor stages around the Quincy area. It’s also a change of pace from the company’s spring musical and winter concert. “We have a lot of fun doing it,” Ottley said.

“Inspector Detector” attracted a veteran cast. “They’ve just done a really good job of making these characters shine.”

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