A couple of weeks ago, I performed in a highly successful production by Centre Stage (a new local group) of the play ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. A classic piece of American literature and one that many people have fond memories of. I personally read it as part of my GCSE in English Literature.
It tells the story of George and Lennie who travel together and begin working at a ranch. They dream of owning their own ranch and “living of the fat of the land” but need to build up a stake to afford this dream. Here they meet Candy, an old ranch worker who only has one hand due to an accident on the ranch. Thanks to his compensation payment from this accident, Candy goes in with George and Lennie and suddenly the dream almost becomes a reality with all of them making plans about their new home. However after Lennie accidently kills Curley’s (the bosses son) wife, he flees and the manhunt to lynch Lennie begins. George manages to find Lennie and with a heavy heart and burden, he shoots Lennie to ease his pain.
I played the character ‘Whit’ who is one of the barley buckers and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with some first class actors and an excellent production team and company. As a singer, it is exceptionally important to be able to act and perform the meaning of your interpretation of your songs.
Above is a picture of the cast.
The local pundits particularly enjoyed the play and the review was excellent. After playing to two full houses, I was delighted but also sad to leave an great experience behind. Hopefully, I will be fortunate to work with Centre Stage a fantastic company again in the future