VALRICO — In honor of the 60th anniversary year of the official end of the Korean War, the Village Players community theater troupe will present the play “M.A.S.H.,” adapted by Tim Kelly from the book by Richard Hooker.
A cast and crew of more than 30 “have been assembled to offer a lighthearted look back at the Korean War,” said Gail Pierce, one of the troupe’s founders. They will recreate the Mobil Army Surgical Hospital, or M.A.S.H, Unit 4077.
The show’s protagonists are surgeons whose skills and humor help them cope with horrible war conditions. Although a comedy, this play “offers great insight into human nature and the patriotism of the men who served,” said Pierce.
Pierce attended the July 27 Korean War Memorial dedication at the Veterans Memorial Park.
She said an unexpected tear came to her eye during the opening speech when the speaker said it was better late than never to honor the accomplishments of the servicemen and women who gave so much during that conflict.
“Never was I so moved by such a display of patriotism even 60 years later,” said Pierce.
“M.A.S.H.” will open with a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the James McCabe Theater, 506 5th St.
La Septima Café will provide the chicken and yellow rice, black beans, salad and Cuban bread. Tea and water will be included in the cost; other soft drinks will be available for a donation.
Dinner and show are $25. Proceeds will benefit renovations of the nearly 100-year-old theater. Reservations are required; call the Village Players hotline, (813) 643-8292, and leave a message.
Tickets for the dinner theater and groups made over the phone may be paid by credit card. All other ticket sales must be cash or check.
Show-only dates (with no meal) are Oct. 19, 25, 26, Nov. 1 and 2; doors open at 7:30 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m.
There will be a matinee Sunday, Oct. 27; doors open at 2:30 p.m., curtain at 3 p.m.
General admission for the show only is $14; seniors, students and military with ID, $12; groups of 12 or more, $10 per person.
For more information, call (813) 643-8292.
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