Doo-Wop at Off Broadstreet opening
Four hard-rock gold miners from the 16-to-1 Mine in Alleghaney have been moved to the Brown Bear Mine near Weaverville, CA. where they must find investors to support their struggling mining operation. Converting an abandoned 19th century foundry into a cabaret called The Doo Wop Inn, they devise entertainment to pique the interest of vacationing summer campers while acquainting them with the joys, challenges and life lessons of hard rock gold mining as well as the thrill of doo-wop singing. Featured are songs by The Coasters, The Drifters, The Silhouettes, The Dells, The Crew Cuts and many others.
Fact based, The Great Northwest Mining & Doo-Wop Co. offers insight into the present day workings of the industry that brought people to “The Gold Country” a century and a half ago. In a time when American jobs and wealth are disappearing overseas, the seventeen employees of today’s 16-to-1 represent a vanishing breed in one of the last bastions of free enterprise. The miners love what they do and take pride in the fact that their efforts actually add wealth to the economy. But it’s not about the money for gold miners. They, in fact, are not rich. And gold mining companies traditionally find themselves strapped for operating capital. For the miners, it’s all about community, adventure, good old fashioned hard work and a sense of accomplishment.
Many local residents know little about the industry that originally developed Nevada
County. The 16-to-1 mine in Alleghaney, one of California’s oldest continuously operating gold mines has produced more than a million ounces of gold since 1896. During the performance, the cast members wear actual gold mining clothing. And the props they use and many items on the set are actual artifacts from gold mines in the area. The musical selections include popular doo wop favorites from the 1950’s, including Little Star, Earth Angel, Get A Job, Rockin’ Robin, Workin’ in a Gold (Coal) Mine and many others. Suitable for all audiences, The Great Northwest Mining &
Doo-Wop Co. sold out all performances in 2005.
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