Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
VCS is excited to open its 17th season with the American classic, Of Mice and Men. Adapted from Steinbeck’s novella of the same title, this beautiful and tragic story centers on the unlikely friendship between two migrant workers weathering together the loneliness and hardships of the Great Depression. Lenny, a childlike man in a powerful body, and George, a man smaller in stature who protects and soothes his larger companion, travel from town to town hoping for work while dreaming and planning for the day they can buy their own land. A terrible accident leads to unintended consequences veering Lenny and George off their intended course despite “the best laid schemes of mice and men.”
Directed by Alan Wilkie. His most recent directing credits at VCS include Death Trap, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Brenden and Wynter Elwood
A Christmas Carol, is returning for its twelfth run, with The Elwood’s adaptation coming to life on our stage for the third year. A Christmas Carol is a heartwarming and timeless story of joyful redemption. Ebenezer Scrooge, who we meet at the height of his wealth and success, has turned into a bitter, lonely, old miser. His only companion, apart from his tired and meek servant, Bob Cratchit, is his cold dark spirit; that is, until the spirit world, led by his former business partner, Marley, forces him to see who he was before his success, who he has since become and who he could be.
This wonderful holiday play for all ages has earned a special place in the hearts of our audiences with sold out performances throughout the run of the show. Don’t be a humbug! Join us for this festive, holiday tradition!
Directed by Tony Leininger. This is Tony’s first time directing for VCS. Tony studied theatre at Hanover College and worked for years at Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), Minneapolis as an actor, director, and theatre arts educator. Acting credits at VCS include Marley’s ghost in A Christmas Carol (2018) and Duke Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019).