Camden Civic Theatre’s renowned company of superlative players is presenting the grand dramatic spectacle “Dirty Work at the Crossroads, or Tempted, Tried and True” at the historic Watts Hall, Main Street/Route 1. Final performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Oct. 14 through 16.

This classic melodrama, presented in the 1890s tradition, follows the tale of our heroine, sweet Nellie Lovelace (Devin Fletcher) as she struggles against the machinations of that dastardly villain, Munro Murgatroyed (Richard O’Malley), who vows to possess not only her lovely form but also the money to be gained from selling the farm to the railroad company.

Assisted by the notorious dance hall queen Ida Rhinegold (Mim Bird), will his plots for murder, blackmail and mayhem succeed? Is Nellie’s mother, the Widow Lovelace (Kate Fletcher) fated to an early demise? Will our stalwart hero, Adam Oakheart (Ian Brackett), be able to spurn the demon rum and, with the help of faithful farmhand Mookie MacGuggins (Steve Bird), refute the charges that hold him prisoner, awaiting the gallows? Can society matron Mrs. Upson Asterbilt (Lois Levensaler), her impetuous daughter Leonie (Heather Mackey) and their French maid Fleurette (Marie Merrifield) escape unscathed? And what of Little Nell (Natalie Stewart), who has never known her father? Surely, no one still ties victims to the railroad tracks, or do they?

Master of Ceremonies Paul Weintraub, ably assisted by Keystone Kop George Grey and Card Girl Ciara Murphy, will guide the audience through the plot twists and riotous comedy. The emcee’s duties also include the introduction of the olios, between-act interludes that will delight and amaze, provided by Dagney Ernest, Marcus Carter, Daniel Bird, John A. Luis, Lyn Bass, Erica Dailey and Latricia Saucier. In keeping with the melodrama tradition, patrons will have the opportunity to sample Little Lads Popcorn and, if the vile actions of the villain move the citizens to drive him from the stage with a hail of popped kernels, who is to say them nay?

Tickets are $14; $12 for senior citizens and students; and $10 for children younger than 12. Tickets may be purchased online up to 24 hours before performance, using the latest in technology at, or at the Watts Hall box office beginning an hour prior to performances.

All tickets are for general seating. No advance or will-call reservations will be accepted. The number of tickets for sale will be limited to the magnitude of the building, where “Smoking Segars is Strictly PROHIBITED!”

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to