MOUNT VERNON — MTVarts brings classic theatre to central Ohio with performances of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” May 2-4, at Knox County’s Memorial Theatre located in Mount Vernon. A special free performance will be offered to area middle and high schools on Thursday morning, May 2.
Striving to maintain a balance between entertainment and culture, MTVarts, central Ohio’s premiere community theater organization, created the Classics Series in 2008 as an educational outreach program offering free daytime performances of classic, theatrical works of art to area middle school and high school students and evening performances for affordable prices to the general public.
This unique and educationally enriching program challenges students to explore classic American literature, plays and themes along with their teachers in the classroom environment and then experience the live performance. Classroom resources and lesson plans are made available online to teachers and, at the conclusion of the performances, the director and cast remain on stage for a Q&A talk-back session about the play, its symbols and themes and the actors’ motivations for the roles. “Of Mice and Men” was the series’ highly acclaimed, inaugural performance followed by “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “12 Angry Men.”
“Of Mice and Men” will be directed by Aaron Moreland, a prolific actor, singer, writer, producer and film-maker who was raised in Knox County and first discovered his love for acting as a seventh grader in a local Mount Vernon production of “Gypsy.” He has recently returned to Ohio after an artistic eight-year tour of the country performing in musicals, national tours, outdoor drama and independent film.
The cast includes: Bruce Jacklin as George, Matt Starr as Lennie, Chuck Ransom as Candy, Kelly Lauth as Curley’s Wife, Mike Connolly as Slim, Don Lincicome as Carlson, Steve Jefferson as Crooks, Mike Andrews as Whit, Richard McKinley as The Boss and Aaron Moreland himself as Curley.
Production crew includes Scott Swingle as technical and lighting director, Bonnie Pickett as stage manager, Carrie Crouch as producer, Bruce Jacklin as artistic director, Steve Herbst as set designer and constructor, Chris Aust as costumer and Aaron Moreland as director.
Tickets only cost for adults and are free for students with a valid high school or college ID. Tickets may be purchased at the theater each night of the performance and are also on sale now by visiting the online box office at www.mtvarts.com. The doors open at Knox County Memorial Theater (East High Street) at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performances, Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4.
Published on April 29, 2013