The John Steinbeck drama Of Mice and Men, a Millennium production, continues Sept. 28-30 at The Manchester Arts Center, 128 East Main St., in downtown Manchester.
Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 pm. Tickets at the door are $13 for Adults and $11 for Students, Seniors (65+) and Military. Call 931-570-4489 for reservations. Prepaid, reserved seats are available online with a $2 discount at MillenniumRep.Org.
Aaron W. Miller, who has taught this tragedy in his literature classes at Coffee County High School for several years, directs the play adaptation of Steinbeck’s 1937 novel. In 2010, Miller enlivened the CCHS stage with a grand production of Beauty and the Beast. Now he heads the theater department at Tullahoma High School and directed Phantom of the Opera there last spring.
In addition to directing Of Mice and Men, Miller fills the role of George in the show. His work and traveling companion Lennie is played by Morgan Underwood, who comes off a summer of directing Les Misérables for the Teen Actors Guild at Manchester Arts Center.
Miller’s wife, Terri Miller, makes her stage debut in the role of Curley’s Wife. Curley is played by Caleb Burton, whose father Richard Burton carries the role of Crooks in the show. Other actors are Bill White, Tony Graham, Joel Longstreth and the Miller’s son Matthew Bradford.
This impressive cast features Weldon Payne, local journalist, novelist and playwright, as The Boss.
Although this American Classic has been required reading in high schools for many years, it does contain some offensive and racist language. More information is available at MillenniumRep.Org.