VCHS Theater Gearing Up for MASH Production

Valley City High School theater cast spent Monday gearing up for their MASH production that begins Tuesday by practicing their last full dress rehearsal before the production. During the rehearsal, cast members wore the Korean War uniforms and relics they were looking for.

About a month ago, drama director Carol Foth put out a call to area Korean War vets to lend their uniforms and other war memorabilia to the school for students to use as costumes and props in their upcoming MASH production.

“In return for them sharing that with us, we’d like to give them a free ticket for themselves and a spouse or a friend for the Tuesday evening performance, which is Nov. 13,” Foth told the Times-Record.

MASH is a story written first as a book that depicts a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. The story was also made into a movie and a TV show before Tim Kelly wrote the stage play.

“The play has basically the same characters that you would have encountered with the TV production, but not 100 percent,” Foth said.
“We’ll see some old and dear favorites from the movie and TV production.”

Another interesting way the drama department is implementing real military into the play is the distinguished act of marching.

Freshman Madisen Anderson, who plays a Korean in the play, said people can expect the play to be pretty close to the show.

Anderson said the cast has been working hard, and she’s excited to see the end result.

The 35 cast members in grades 9-12 have been preparing for their final production, which begins Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. They spent Monday performing in their last full dress rehearsal before production.
“We’re going to run through the whole play, with hopefully no mess ups or no light problems,” Zaun said.

Part of what the students have been learning is how to properly march, which they were taught by Matt Nielson, a member of the North Dakota National Guard and a science teacher at VCHS.

Senior Dakota Zaun, who runs the spotlight for the production, said the play is going to be funny but has some serious parts to it as well.