The Village Players Present The Comedy Play M.A.S.H.

By Kathy L. Collins

In conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement For the Restoration of the South Korean State, which ended the Korean War on July 27, 1953, the Village Players will present the comedy play M.A.S.H. beginning on Thursday, October 18 at the historic James McCabe Theatre in Valrico. As has become a tradition of the Village Players, Opening Night will be a Dinner and a Show.

The Opening Night Dinner and a Show is sponsored by La Septima Cafe will feature their famous chicken and yellow rice, black beans, salad and cuban bread.

The Dinner and a Show, which begins at 7 p.m., is just $25 person. Seating is limited, so make a reservation by calling 643-8292 and leave a message on the Village Players’ hotline.

If you can not make Opening Night, there are plenty of performances being offered. Performances will be offered at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 25 and November 1; Saturday, October 26 and November 2; and a Sunday Matinee on October 27 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $14 for General Admission; $12 for Students, Seniors and Military with ID; $10 for groups of 12 or more with reserved seating available.

M.A.S.H. which stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is a comedy play which focuses on the dedication of the American soldiers who served in Korea. It shows their dedication and ability to defend their country with their acute skill and sense of humor despite terrible conditions.

Gail Pierce, Producer of M.A.S.H. attended the dedication of the Korean Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa. “Never was I so moved by such a display of patriotism even 60 years later by the men and women who served in what is referred to as the Korean War.” As a result of Pierce’s visit, several Korean War Veterans visited with the cast and crew of the Village Players recently.

The James McCabe Theatre, located at 506 5th St. in Valrico, has been the Theatre Home for the Village Players for many years. The Village Players are a non-profit organization, and they have been entertaining the Brandon community for over 40 years.

For more information and to reserve a spot, please call 643-8292 or follow the Village Players on Facebook.