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M*A*S*H Sets Up Camp in Valparaiso

Performances of “M*A*S*H” will be held from March 10th – 19th by the Valparaiso Theatrical Company in Valparaiso Indiana.

It’s been 34 years since the residents of the 4077 bid “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” to its millions of dedicated viewers in their final TV episode, but the world of that Mobile Army Surgical Hospital has been brought back to life courtesy of the Valparaiso Theatrical Company. The theatre will present a staged version of the hapless hospital as they present the play version of “M*A*S*H” live weekends March 10-19.

Based on Robert Hooker’s 1968 novel “M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors” and adapted for the stage by Tim Kelly, the play tells the story of surgeons “Hawkeye” Pierce (Tom Knoerzer), “Duke” Forrest (Juan Robles) and “Trapper” John McIntyre (Shea Street). Though highly skilled surgeons, they deal with what they witness in war by raising hell when not taking care of the wounded. The familiar film and TV show evolved from the stories told in the novel and play — antics which may cause some to think that the ‘M’ in the title stands for ‘Mayhem’ instead of ‘Mobile.’

Other well-known denizens of the 4077 include Lt. Colonel Henry Braymore Blake (Marc Ryser), Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Angela Gauler), Father John Patrick Mulcahy (John Gruszka), Captain Frank Burns (Steve Zana), Corporal “Radar” O’Reilly  (Gar Guerrini), and, of course, everyone’s favorite cross-dresser, Corporal Maxwell Q Klinger (Brandon Berk). Additional cast members include Brian Brophy, Ben Gilfillan, Zoe Kietzman, Brittany Olson, Pam Tschida, Kelly Tutor, Dutch Williams, Sue Gilbert, Colleen Zana, and Dennis Murray. Direction is by Dutch “Spade” Williams, himself a proud Air Force veteran.

“M*A*S*H is a play about the seriousness of war and how the military copes with seeing that,” said Williams. “When I was stationed in Korea, I saw a beautiful country with scars that were deep from the conflict.”

For Williams, piecing together the show has been a very personal journey. He played a role in the production in high school (the same one he is playing in his own production), and always wanted to bring it to life as an adult who had the vision and perspective brought from experiencing military service.

Performances of “M*A*S*H” will be held at the First Christian Church of Valparaiso, 1507 Glendale in Valparaiso (across from ValPLAYso). Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 pm; Sunday shows start at 2:30 pm. Presale tickets are available by calling 219-309-6794. Presale tickets are $10; tickets are $15 at the door. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to a number of different charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.