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The saga of Rough and Ready continues

“The Ongoing Saga of Rough and Ready” offers a little bit of everything: action, comedy, romance, music, dancing and drama. The only thing missing from this saga, according to the play’s director, is anything serious.

“We’re a tiny town with a tiny budget. This play is no serious nothin’,” said Sayra Loungway, “The Ongoing Saga of Rough and Ready” director.

Loungway has been the director of the Rough and Ready Rascals – the play’s cast members – since 1997 and a resident of Rough and Ready since 1990. Although no one is sure who wrote “The Ongoing Saga of Rough and Ready,” Loungway said, the play has not changed much since the debut performance at the first Secession Day celebration in 1968.



The saga provides a short history of how Rough and Ready received its name and why the town seceded from the Union in April 1850.

The play’s characters are adapted from the town’s founders and include the original gold miners, the town reverend and his “hanky panky” wife, Loungway said.




Set in 1850, most of the play’s discussion about Rough and Ready’s secession occurs inside the town saloon owned by Jenny on the Green.

“Cancan girls and miners do the dancing and Frank the Bartender gets busy doing his thing,” Loungway said about the play’s characters. “And Slicker, a roving gambler that ends up in Rough and Ready, he’s our bad guy.”

The play’s music is performed by four locals on banjo, guitars and dobro – a flat guitar designed to produce louder sounds than other guitars.

Loungway and her crew give a few local previews of the play before the traditional Secession Day performance on the Rough and Ready main stage at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. This Friday at 6:30 p.m., Loungway’s group will perform at the Bret Harte Retirement Inn in Grass Valley and then visit the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor for songs and dancing.


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