SCHS presents ‘MASH’

BY HELEN FOSTER

Correspondent

Susquehanna Community theater department, with Director Teresa Marino, pulled off outstanding Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 performances of MASH, sometimes comedy, sometimes more serious aspects of the Korean War.

The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital or MASH unit that was portrayed in the book by Richard Hooker was a mix of regular Army and civilian draftees that gave different views of war.

It wasn’t hard to pick out the civilian draftees, Hawkeye and Duke, as they showed up at the MASH unit wearing rumpled Hawaiian shirts (Nick Acosta and Clayton Hansen) but the regular Army were all as much regulation as possible for a war time setting.

Lt. Henry Blake was played by Derek Case; Father Mulcahy by Ben Kane and the ever present “Radar” who was constantly listening for incoming wounded, by Lucas Marco. Captain Frank Burns, who was an easy mark for the likes of Hawkeye, Trapper and others was played by Danny Staros.  The DeLaPlaine twins, Joe and Jack, had their usual prominent roles, this time as two Army Captains, Waldowski and McIntyre.

The talented Lindsey Glidden was Major Margaret (“Hot Lips”) Houlihan who was always a favorite for those weekly segments of the TV version of MASH that was aired during the Vietnam War.

Director Marino did her usual mixing of her veteran actors and the younger students who will very soon be the seasoned performers who will make up the casts of future productions.

This production gave “Murphy’s Law” real meaning. If it could go wrong, it did. It all started when a majority of the stage lights no longer functioned (old age) and that was followed by other technical  problems and ended up with a curtain problem. This did not keep the director and the great cast from doing an outstanding job of entertaining those fortunate enough to attend.

The crew for this show included: Nick Chamberlain as stage manager; Jessica Plutino-Gilleran, stage crew; Cameron Barnes, sound; Susie Chamberlain, lighting. Special thanks went to the parents of the students involved who fed the cast and crew and donated concession; faculty; staff and families who loaned many of the items used as props.

It is evident this program needs some serious money to bring the stage equipment back to its original condition. With new found wealth floating around out there, it would behoove anyone having an interest in theater to consider starting a fund/foundation to finance this endeavor.

There is more to a well-rounded education than just books or sports; it is called culture, music and theater.  With state budget cuts for school districts and an increase in academic demands there is little chance of the needed money coming from the district administration/school board. Understandably so.