It doesn’t get much more serious than the Holocaust and Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Theatre is taking on that always heartbreaking, always current topic next weekend (Sept. 8-9) with its script-in-hand reading of “The Little Lion.”
This play was written by Virginian Irene Zeigler, based on the novel by Nancy Wright Beasley of Richmond. It is scheduled Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
The story is set in a Lithuanian Jewish ghetto in World War II and deals with a family’s efforts to survive. It is based on actual events and concentrates on the efforts of a teenage boy, Laibale Gillman, who is known as The Little Lion, based on his courage and efforts to protect his family. The Lion is played by Christopher Castanho, who was on stage at MMt recently in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (in which I also appeared, for those counting such things).
The rest of the case includes Roanoke theater veterans Ed Sala and Mary Jean Levin, as well as MMT conservatory students, the MMT education staff and Cole Smith, a star of the upcoming “Little Shop of Horrors” at the theater.
Tickets are $15 and are expected to sell briskly (the Saturday performance is nearly sold out already). Call 540-342-5740 or visit here for tickets.