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MSCT Presents “Of Mice and Men”

By Staff | Mar 25, 2008

OF MICE AND MEN -- Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre will present the classic “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. This moving study of two roving farmhands will stir the emotions of the audience. Cast members include Orlando Gil as Crooks (seated, left) and Dave Waldschmidt as Candy (seated, right); Andy Stolley as Curley, Rich Hall as Whit, Ron Eichmeier as the Boss, Mike Norland as Slim, Steve Dunnick as George Milton, Jean Eichmeier as Curley’s wife, Brent McAllister as Lennie Small, and Kirk Haack as Carlson. The show opens this Friday, March 28. --Jane Whitmore photo

“Of Mice and Men” is a classic piece of American literature by John Steinbeck. The book was written in 1937 and reflects the prejudice and politics of the day.

“We haven’t done a drama for a long time,” said director Jackie VanOosbree. “This play presents an opportunity for the director and the actors to work on a compelling story. The major focus is on the dialogue and the action.”

The book was a ‘novella’ which was easily adapted to drama. The play was very successful on Broadway.

“Of Mice and Men” tells the Dust Bowl-era story of two itinerant workers, George and Lennie, and their tragic search for a home of their own where they can “live off the fat of the land.” Lennie, with the strength of a gorilla and the mind of an untutored child, unwittingly murders a woman. He is then killed by his friend to prevent his falling into the hands of the law.

The show opens this Friday, march 28, at the Dinges-VanOosbree Center for Performing Arts in Emmetsburg. Friday and Saturday shows, March 28 and 29, are at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Sunday, march 30, at 2:30 p.m. Additional shows are Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating can be obtained by calling the Main Street Box Office at 712-852-3485.