July 08--Based on a true event, "A Few Good Men" chronicles the murder of a Marine, the conspiracy to cover up the crime and the court trials that follow.
The Morehead Theatre Guild will present the military drama at the Rowan County Arts Center on July 12,13, and 14 and July 19, 20, and 21.
Pamela Hammonds is directing the play, written by Aaron Sorkin, that was later adapted for a hit movie starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise.
"I saw the movie and fell in love with it, maybe it is because my dad was in the Navy and I felt a connection to it...or maybe it was because I have somewhat of an obsession with law," said Hammonds. "When I read the play it was quite a bit different than the film and I felt drawn toward producing it, though it did pose some challenges."
Those challenges included the large cast the script calls for and the high number of location changes. There are 17 speaking roles and six non-speaking roles and a total of 11 set changes.
"We started the rehearsal process without a full cast and just had to hope that it would come together. There were times that I thought we might not have a play and it was pretty scary," said Hammonds. "The script calls for 14 different set locations but we have narrowed that down to 11, letting some sets double for other locales."
Hammonds said that, in the beginning, it was worrisome that there would not be enough actors to fill the roles, now the play has become thrilling to watch.
"It is a fast paced show, with so many layers," said Hammonds. "There is constant conflict within the different branches of the military represented, between the defense and prosecuting attorneys and then of course the murder and the mystery surrounding it."
The show will take place at the Rowan County Arts Center (RCAC) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday performances and at 2 p.m. on Sunday performances.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased at the RCAC between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or can be reserved online at moreheadtheatre.org or purchased at the door.
Children aged five and under will not be permitted to see the show due to strong language.
Shayla Menville can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116.
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