MUSKEGON — Muskegon Community College Overbrook Theater will open its 2018-19 season with “Animal Farm,” playwright Ian Wooldridge’s adaptation of George Orwell’s famous 1945 allegorical novella of the same name.
Directed by MCC theater instructor Sheila Kulp Wahamaki, “Animal Farm” will run Oct. 24-28. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-27, and 3 p.m. Oct. 28.
The cast of MCC students includes Tiffany Bartlett, Keegan Colcleasure, Taylor DePouw, Taylor Freed, Cole Halterman, Isaac Hunter, Stephanie Kennert, Melanie Lamrock, Brandon Lemieux, Alexx Lohman, Ashley Poling, Rachel Wade and Marvin Watkins.
The production staff includes student director Olyvia Staples, set and sound designer Tom Harryman, lighting designer Jim Allen, costume designer Susan Eyler and hair designer Bill Abbott.
Inspired by the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, “Animal Farm” is populated by farm animals representing many of the actual human principles, among them Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Vyacheslav Molotov and Tsar Nicholas.
In “Animal Farm,” the animals revolt against their negligent human master. They create their own, ideal society in which all animals are considered equal and rules are set by democratic vote. However, things sour when the allure of power corrupts the society into a dictatorship.
Orwell was a staunch critic of Stalin and Stalinism. He believed the Soviet Union had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. “Animal Farm” has been credited with dramatizing how absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Tickets for MCC’s “Animal Farm” are $10 for the general public, and $5 for MCC students. They go on sale Oct. 17 at the Overbrook Theater Box Office. For reservations, call (231) 777-0324.