By the Sea staging ‘Of Mice and Men’

Following a comedy, a drama and a farce, Morro Bay’s By the Sea Productions turns to a classic for their fourth play this year.

  “I have loved John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ since I first read it when I was 9 years old,” says Kelli M. Poward, who is directing the show. “It’s been at the top of my bucket list for years and I’m so excited to finally be doing it.”  

Poward is putting her own creative touches on the show with some unex­pected characterizations and staging, including one of the cast members playing the “squeeze box” for the mu­sical interludes during scene changes.

  Frank Moe is playing his dream role of George, and fully enjoying the experience.  

He says, “As I delve more and more into the character, I am finding out what a fascinating a person John Steinbeck was. I feel like I’ve been heading towards this character for a long time, and I’d love to think the ghost of Steinbeck is hovering about, helping me get it right.”

 Other cast members include Larry Barnes, Christopher Blicha, Rick Bruce, Cika Cook, John Geever, Jef­fery Hall, M. Hall, Mark Harington, and Tim Linzey.

 “This show touches on so many feelings,” says Poward, “friendship, loyalty, compassion, and the impor­tance of our dreams, even if they don’t all come true.”

 “Of Mice and Men” opens Aug. 24, and plays weekends through Sept. 16, at the hall at St. Peters By the Sea, 545 Shasta Ave., Friday and Saturday eve­nings at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Call 805-776-3287 or visit the website, for tickets and information.