Big Problems, Little Country — The Mouse That Roared

Count Mountjoy (Jose Lambert) scolds High Constable Tully Bascom (Kevin Becker) for actually doing his duty as Gloriana the Twelfth (Sara Locke) and U.S. General Snippett (Tom Reilly) look on in ELATE’s “The Mouse That Roared.”

Count Mountjoy (Jose Lambert) scolds High Constable Tully Bascom (Kevin Becker) for actually doing his duty as Gloriana the Twelfth (Sara Locke) and U.S. General Snippett (Tom Reilly) look on in ELATE’s “The Mouse That Roared.”

What does a European country that boasts only 6,000 residents do once it goes broke? Why, declare war on the United States of course! After a wine company in Southern California rips off the one and only export from the dwarfed Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the tiny territory plans on losing a war with the U.S. in hopes of receiving reparations for their loss. Much to their chagrin, proud Grand Fenwicker, Tully Bascom, has a more virtuous plan of how the battle should be fought.

Set in the turbulent time of the ‘60s, The Mouse That Roared is a satirical look at the Cold War era craziness that ensues after a dangerous nuclear discovery rears its ugly head. Kevin Becker gives heart to noble Tully Bascom — a Gomer Pyle-esque servant of the Grand Fenwick’s national forest. Also notable is Steven Kirk playing the Nixon-meets-Carter bomb-fearing President of the United States.

The Mouse That Roared is a jocular look at the effects economics, nuclear warfare, and hometown loyalty has upon even the tiniest of nations.

The Mouse That Roared opens on Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m., and continues on Friday, May 9 & 16 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10 & 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 4, 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults $12 – Seniors/Children $10. For Reservations call: (818) 509-0882. Emmanuel Lutheran’s Lincoln Stegman Theatre is located at 6020 Radford Ave.


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