Big Problems, Little Country — 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.