Les Mcclain

Les McClain and his wife once took some friends to see one of his melodramas that a local company was producing. Afterward, one of the friends remarked, "Les, even if you had not taken us to that play and even if your name weren't on the program, I would have known you were the author. The actors all said things just like things you say." Then she added, "You're weird." "I took that as a compliment," McClain says. I do draw on everyday experiences and observations when I write a play. And my years of being an elementary school counselor have provided me with much raw material for my children's picture book stories." McClain's interests including fishing, gardening, inventing games, and watching college football. And if his Achilles tendon would cooperate, he'd love to get back to distance running and collect more 10-K race shirts. He and his wife also enjoy any kind of travel they can afford and good melodramas.

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  Jim Dandy's Rude, Crude, Dude Ranch

Melodrama by Les Mcclain

57 pages

5 m, 4 w, 3 flexible, 5-7 kids or adults dressed as kids

At Jim Dandy's Dandy Dude Ranch for Children, nasty city kids learn good manners and improve their self-images. The Dandy ladies, including the lovely young Melody Dandy, are running the ranch while Jim Dandy is serving an undeserved prison sentence. Trouble is, the ranch is close to the future railroad line and villain Rash von Sphincter is determined to have it. Rash tricks the gals into letting him manage the ranch, turning all the dude children into brats, ruining the ranch's reputation, and (hopefully) forcing Mrs. Dandy to sell. All is saved when our he...