The College of Eastern Utah theatre department is in rehearsals for A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt set to run Feb. 5-10 (black Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Geary Theatre.
The play tells the story of Sir Thomas More, who defies King Henry the VIII's desire to divorce Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Thomas More's decision to stand up for his strong principles and beliefs places him at odds with the state that would have him simply "go along."
"Our production comes at a time when standing up for what we believe in isn't the most popular position to take," Director Corey Ewan said. "We're at a point that we have to take a stand with what we believe to be right versus what is easy, to quote Dumbledore in the new Harry Potter film. I am always fascinated to see to what lengths people are willing to go to, at the risk of losing everything to maintain their integrity. It seems today that integrity is becoming as extinct as the Dodo."
The play deals with some very heavy themes and yet there are moments of sweet comedy and tender emotions.
Eastern Utah Theatre has been fortunate to assemble a strong cast of extremely talented individuals. Todd Olsen, director of admissions and scholarships, is playing Sir Thomas More. He has some unique insight into playing with these ideas.
James Thompson and Rodney Scott, both teachers at Carbon High School, accepted the roles of Cardinal Wolsey and the Duke of Norfolk. Scott Westwood is playing the pivotal role of Thomas Cromwell along with Andrew Barrus as Master Richard Rich. Mitch Ewan plays King Henry VIII.
Elizabeth Miller and Sarah Jones will play the roles Lady Alice More and Lady Margaret More respectively. Casey Walker, Michael S. Johnson, Dale Flink, Will Blackburn, Randon Kerr and Mae Goss round out the cast.
"These people have made rehearsals a blast, I'm having a great time watching and directing them," said Ewan. "I am grateful for their willingness to play hard and to work even harder to make this a very memorable production. Rehearsals have become a type of fallout shelter from reality and boy we need it now more than ever."
The director hopes many will join them for the February production.
"We hope it will keep you talking and thinking about long after it has closed," Ewan concluded.