Phantom of the Zoom-Pera! (c)

Come one, come all! The Phantom of the Zoom-pera is finally out. After a long, anticipated time, you can now view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bXjRKZmzAA , or on our respective Facebook and Instagram pages. Follow us further as we present the stories of Raul, Christine, Nanette, and Inspector Bournette as they solve the mysteries provided by an evil "Phantom". Will they solve the grand mystery, or will the Phantom fully take over the Zoom call to expose the world to his new music? Find out soon on our next episode of The Phantom of the Zoom-pera!!!

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Martin City Melodrama is Now Offering Online Comedy Classes!

Starting Tuesday, April 21st!


Learn how to:

* Tell the funniest joke

* Goofy pantomime

* Novelty songs

* Off the top of your head improv

* and write a G-rated silly scene

Classes can be suited to an individual or a group!

We work with ages 3-103!

Once again, your first lesson is free!

Your class session is offered SECURELY via professional Zoom classes. 

Please contact Ms. Beechwood at martincitydogma@gmail.com

PS, you can have your family pet learn how to be a paw-former right alongside you!

Taught by Martin City Melodrama's artistic director Jeanne Beechwood.

Jeanne has run the melodrama theatre for 36 years. She has taught and directed hundreds and hundreds of actors across the United States. She specializes in family classic comedy. She has her BA and MA in theatre and has studied the styles of Charlie Chaplain, Buster Keaton, Carol Burnett, Groucho Marx, Lucille Ball, Robin Williams, Red Skelton, Jim Carrey, and Carol Channing.

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The Great American Melodogma Rescue/Dog Date

The mini melodramas, The Great American Melodogma Rescue and Dog Date, is officially out on our new YouTube page! You can view it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZwpoTQVQM&t=1s (Melodogma Rescue) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnPgmEQSep4 (Melodogma Dog Date) , and, if you liked the video and you feel generous, feel free to donate to our PayPal at the red 'Donate Now' button on the bottom of our home page! Thank you for watching!


Scheduled to open in June 2020:

Martin City MadHatters! (c) 

A brand new family show with music, melodrama, comedy, and improv!! 

October 2020:

Alice in Halloweenland! (c)

A Top Bananas program featuring actors with UNIQUE abilities retelling the famous classic tale with a NOT so spooky twist. 

Holiday Show: November, December 2020: 

The Muttcracker Suite! (c) 

A new dance step on the familiar classic ballet featuring 10 rescue dogs in tutus and some 'hoomans', plus our world famous waterglass symphony!!!!!!!


Holiday Show: 2019

Scrooge (Sean Taylor) & Marley
Scrooge (Sean Taylor) & Marley
Little Max with the Water Glasses.
Little Max with the Water Glasses.

Celebrating our 35th

Holiday Season!!

Scrooged and Marley(c) plus Holiday Vaudeville Review

November 29 – January 1

A world premiere musical melodrama, SCROOGED AND MARLEY(c) will be Martin City Melodrama’s newest holiday show! Ebenezer Scrooge is beginning to have physical limitations in his old age at his counting house. After Mr. Scrooge investigates the cost of physical therapy, or hiring some additional help besides Bob Cratchit, Scrooge thinks the costs are way too high. Thinking it might be a cheaper way to go, Scrooge obtains a service dog (a senior rescue dog will be playing the role of the service dog). It turns out this service dog is Marley, Scrooge’s long passed, greedy business partner, re-incarnated!

While keeping in tradition with this timeless Charles Dickens classic, Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. adds its wonderful, wacky twist to the rest of the story. Ebenezer Scrooge and his service dog, Marley, meet up with some unusual spirits throughout the night before Christmas. These spirits turn out to be FAMOUS CAROLS, including Carol Brady and Carole King! Finally, Ebenezer Scrooge sees the evil of his ways and, with the help of Marley the service dog and the famous Carols, Scrooge is transformed for good. He finds his holiday spirit and shouts from the roof-tops, “DOG bless us everyone!”

Following the melodrama is the Holiday Vaudeville with songs, dances, and comedy sketches in the theme of the holidays. This includes the theatre’s WORLD FAMOUS WATER GLASS SYMPHONY, plus, the debut of Martin City Melodrama’s Christmas Chickens!

Charlie the Holiday Hound!
Charlie the Holiday Hound!
The ghost of Marley.
The ghost of Marley.

Phantom of the Opry and Life in a Chair ©

November 2 and November 3, 2019

Phantom Of the OPRY!©

Tells a wacky new version of the classic “Phantom of the Opera” tale! Come boo, cheer, and even yodel during this mini melodrama starring Travis Hensley.

In double bill with:

Life in A Chair ©

Tells the moving, inspirational story of Tim Bartow and his life in a chair. Other cast members include Lea Lavish, Terry Dawson and Sarah Owens, and their lives in their “chairs”.


Saturday, November 2, 7:30PM
Sunday, November 3, 3:30PM

Reservations are ESSENTIAL for this unique Top Bananas© Program. Tickets are $9.99 each. Top Bananas is the division of the Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. working with special needs of all ages and thus making the spotlight accessible to everyone!! Please call 913-642-7576 or email martincitymelo@yahoo.com. A snack bar will be open for all performances for purchases featuring seasonal goodies.

The Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. is now located in its forever home at 702 Blue Ridge Ext, Grandview, Missouri 64030. This building is fully accessible. All ticket sales are final.

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Classic Melodrama & Vaudeville Performances

Keeping the art form alive and bringing you hilarious, high-quality entertainment that is fun for all!

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Martin City, Jr.

Theatre for the young and the young at heart. We've got something to build your child's character, help them with problem solving, and ensure they have a lot of fun!

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Top Bananas!

Comedy, acting... the performing arts should be accessible to everyone! The Top Banana program gives youth and adults who are differently -abled and interested in theatre a chance to stand in the spotlight!

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35 Years of Laughs!

Our non-profit opened 35 years ago in 1985 in Kansas City, Missouri. We have given over 600 local Kansas City actors, directors, choreographers, scenic artists and musicians their first theatrical jobs. We continue to promote classic, G-rated comedies to thousands of families.

Our mission is to produce historical theatre projects with our own specialized family programming.

  • - The Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co.: Our programming consists of creating family friendly shows for all ages.
  • - Martin City Jr.: The programming for children serves as 'edutainment' with a moral. We present in our own theatre, schools, libraries, state fairs and fringe festivals.
  • - Top Bananas: This programming spreads the vision of inclusion for any and all disabilities. To date, we have worked with and volunteered for over 10 local organizations, servicing students and adults with special needs.
  • - Oldies, But Goodies: Our newest programming consists of rescuing senior shelter dogs. These 'pawformers' unite with our actors with UNIQUE abilities, thus making the spotlight accessible to all.
Jeanne Beechwood, MCMVCo
Jeanne Beechwood, Martin City Founder, Managing Director and Drama Queen!


Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.