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MCLA spring play, 'The Mouse That Roared' running now through Saturday

03/03/2010

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are presenting "The Mouse That Roared" tonight through Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in the Venable Theatre, on the MCLA campus.

Based on the classic 1955 satire by Irish American writer Leonard Wibberly, "The Mouse That Roared" tells the story of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, an imaginary country in Europe. In this play, Wibberly uses comedy as a commentary about modern politics and world situations.

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides that the only way to escape their economic woes is to declare war on the United States, then to lose and accept foreign aid. Armed with longbows, they send an invasion force to New York, which arrives during a nuclear drill that has cleared the streets. As they search for someone to surrender to, their situation changes dramatically when, by pure accident, they manage to defeat the superpower and capture the "Q- Bomb," a weapon capable of destroying the world.

The cast includes Megan Cooney '13 of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Darren Fitzgerald '10 of Marshfield, Mass., and Jed Krivisky '11 of Offining, N.Y.

The show is directed by MCLA fine and performing arts professor Douglas Jenkins, with technical design by Andrew Hoar, MCLA's theatre production designer and technical director. Costumes were designed by Dawn Shamburger, assistant professor in fine and performing arts at MCLA.

Tickets to "The Mouse That Roared" are $2, and may be reserved by calling (413) 662-5123. For more information, contact the MCLA Box Office at (413) 662-5123.