M*A*S*H to take audience on funny/serious journey through war

Just a few days after Veteran’s Day, a group of high school students will transport willing participants back to the Korean War with a funny, inspiring and sometimes heart-stopping look at a front-line medical unit.

“M*A*S*H” will be brought to the stage by the drama classes of teacher Leslie Capozzoli at Maryville High School. The play is based on a television series, which was based on a 1970 feature film, which was based on a 1968 novel. It follows the day-to-day life of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea.

Capozzoli is in her sixth year at Maryville High School. The director and cast are dedicating the performance to “all military personnel past and present.” Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, free for children under age 5 and free for all military personnel in uniform.

Show times are 7 pm. on Saturday, Nov. 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Maryville High School auditorium, 825 Lawrence Ave.

Student director is Alexandra Bowen, a senior. Bowen is a dancer in the Appalachian Ballet Company where she has danced in “The Nutcracker,” Blue Jeans and Ballet, “Peter Pan,” and other productions.

Alex Broussard plays one of the title roles as he takes the persona of Trapper. Alex has been in “The Canterbury Tales,” “The Mouse that Roared,” and “The Little Town of Christmas.” He helped with lighting and stage crew in “Hello Dolly” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Jordan Hibbard is Hawkeye Pierce. Jordan played multiple lead roles in “The Canterbury Tales” as a freshman. Playing the role of Margaret “Hot Lips” is Kelsey Worsham. Kelsey played Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz” and was also the narrator in “The Little Town of Christmas.”

Greg Colquitt plays Col. Henry Blake. Greg has been extremely involved with the school’s drama department through his high school years. He played roles in “The Mouse that Roared” and “Little Town of Christmas.” Shane Gillespie plays Klinger, Caleb Smith plays Radar and Wesley Taylor is Frank Burns.

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