The Theatre Department at Stanislaus State will once again offer patrons live performances under the stars, but this year the show switches from the Bard to an American classic.
The Theatre Department will be staging John Steinbeck’s well-known story “Of Mice and Men” from Tuesday through May 7. The shows will begin at dusk in the University Amphitheatre. The performances are offered free of charge.
“Of Mice and Men,” tells the story of friendship between George and Lennie, two itinerant workers in California during the Great Depression. The two drifters have big dreams of living off the "fat of the land" and are working at a ranch to save enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a gentle giant unaware of his strength and George is his cautious caretaker.
The production stars a combination of Stan State students, community members and professional actors.
This production of Steinbeck Under the Stars, and next year’s production, are supported by a $25,000 gift from Emanuel Medical Center.
“Emanuel Medical Center is incredibly proud to partner with Stanislaus State for this production of Steinbeck Under the Stars, which will provide an opportunity for the community to experience live theatre in a beautiful outdoor setting, right here in Turlock,” said Sue Micheletti, chief executive officer of Emanuel Medical Center. “We believe the arts are a vital part of a healthy and vibrant community.”
The story is captured on a grand set, with full costumes and lighting, on a stunning outdoor stage. Faux Renwah featuring Cactus Bob and the Prairie Flower will play live music.
Performances start at dusk, but the gates open at 6:30 p.m. You can bring blankets or low-back chairs, and picnics are encouraged. Concessions, offered by Chartwell’s, will be available for purchase. No alcohol or glass bottles please. This show is recommended for audiences age 12 and up.