Imagine the early 1950's. The Korean War is in full swing as a couple of hair-brained, yet dedicated surgeons are assigned to a mobile army surgical hospital. During their time there, they save many lives, but also try their hardest to do their time and get out of military duty. Thus the story of M*A*S*H is born, and that story will be delivered by the Union High School Drama Department on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 at Union High School's Matt Auditorium.
The play, based on the book by Richard Hooker and subsequent movie and TV series, follows the antics of Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce (portrayed by Zach Neuendorf) and his pal, Captain Augustus Bedford "Duke" Forrest (portrayed by Cole Pippert). Through their time in Korea, they match wits with their commander, Colonel Henry Blake (played by Brandon Hill) and the new head nurse, Major Margaret "Hotlips" Houlihan (played by Jessica Bohnstengel) and try desperately to get their Korean protg, Ho Jon (played by Tucker Thomsen) to a medical school in the United States. Add into this a little soft shoe and dance routine and a football game, along with three dimwitted USO performers, and you have a recipe for laughter. "The show is very funny, but it also has its serious moments, so it has stretched the actors' and actresses' abilities in developing the correct emotions and acting styles," says director, Dean Bostian.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show to begin at 7 p.m. There will be a Patriotic Pie Auction at the intermission of each show, to benefit the Fine Arts Department. Tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first served basis.
The individuals in the picture are, from left to right, Cole Pippert (Cpt. Duke Forrest), Jessica Bohnstengel (Maj. Margaret Houlihan), Zach Neuendorf (Hawkeye Pierce), and Lindsey Powell (Cpt. Bridget McCarthy).