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SHS Presents: The Mouse That Roared

From the moment they began rehearsal, the cast of the 2016 fall play were hard at work.

Tierra Pilles, Journalist

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John Ronyak, the director of the production, was determined to make this show just as spectacular as any other. With an immaculate cast working with one another, the production began to come together.

“The Mouse That Roared” is adapted from the “Cold Ward,” a satirical novel written by Leonard Wibberley. The play takes place in a small (obviously imaginary) country in Europe called Grand Fenwick. The tiny country depends heavily on their product, Pinot Grand Fenwick wine. When an American winery makes a knockoff version, it pushes the country to the verge of bankruptcy. The Duchess Gloriana decides that their only hope is to declare war on America. The play then follows Tully Bascomb’s mission to win a war they have no chance in.

I sat down with a few of the actors, including Tarah Casper, Autumn Fosteson, and James Gaffy, to get their opinions on the show.

Q: What role do you play?

Tarah: Gloriana, the duchess of Grand Fenwick.

Autumn: Mrs. Bascomb, Tully’s mother.

James: I’m General Snippet, in charge of security.

 

Q: How do you think the play is going? 

Tarah: I think it’s going pretty well. It’s a lot of fun. We’ve been able to really click as a cast and get to know each other better, which is always fun.

Autumn: The play is going pretty well overall. I’m pretty confident, aside from how many times we called “line” yesterday, that it’s going to come together really well.

James: I think the play is going pretty well. Most people know their lines, and we’re all getting pretty well into character. I think it’s going pretty smooth.

 

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of this play?

Tarah: Getting to know people more.

Autumn: I’m meeting a lot more of the freshmen that I wouldn’t have met and I really love getting to know the underclassmen, like the sophomores too.

James: Not getting slapped?

 

Q: What has been the most difficult part?

Tarah: Memorizing lines.

Autumn: Reece. *Laughs*

James: Getting slapped. Actually no, getting tackled.

 

Q: Do you think the play will be a success?

Tarah: I think so.

Autumn: Yeah, I feel like our opening night’s going to be really successful. That Friday’s going to kind of suck, but we can get past the fact that there is a football game. We gotta get over it, but we’ll be fine.

James: Yeah, I think it will be really funny, if anyone shows up. People should show up.

 

Q: Anything you want to say to future audience members? 

Tarah: Come with an open mind and be ready to enjoy!

Autumn: If I forget my lines, please forgive me. There are a lot of repetitive lines, and I tend to just skip some of them.

James: Yeah, be there.

There you have it folks, straight from the cast! Shows for “The Mouse That Roared” are October 13th at 7pm, October 14th at 7pm, and October 15th and 2pm. We hope to see you there!

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