PEQUOT LAKES -- Student actors at Pequot Lakes High School will explore what life was like as an immigrant trying to make it in the New World at the turn of the last century when they stage "I Remember Mama" May 3-6.
Set in the early 1900s in San Francisco, "I Remember Mama" is a heartfelt story about a Norwegian immigrant family working to achieve the "American Dream." Mama (played by senior Heidi Johnson), her husband (played on alternating nights by seniors Grant Villella and Ross Derheimer) and Uncle Chris (played by sophomore Tony Craig) struggle to raise their children with family values and a strong work ethic, so they may have a better life than their parents.
Based on a story by Kathryn Forbes ("Mama's Bank Account"), "I Remember Mama" is a bittersweet and sentimental exploration of reminiscence by the oldest daughter, Katrin (portrayed by senior Kati Hjulberg), who wants with all her heart to become a writer.
Other student actors in this production include Hannah Prochniak, Tiffany Varilek, Jeff Albertson, Paul Millard, Lindsey Wolterstorff, Bridget Murphy, Jean Otto, Celestina Gallo, Mark Belanger, Lucas Lubke, Jake Scott, Caitlin Kennedy, Stephanie Olson, Dan Albertson, Jessica Kuhne, Randi Schopper and Katie Wulf.
The production is directed by Daren Blanck and Beth Selinger. It is produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, New York.
"I Remember Mama" has been called "one of the most heartwarming studies of American family life yet to reach the stage." The 1948 screen adaptation directed by George Stevens received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for its star Irene Dunne.
Performances at the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium will be 7:30 p.m. May 3-5 and 6 p.m. May 6. Tickets are $3 for students, $4 for seniors and $5 for adults. Tickets are available in advance at The Pit (school store), Lakes State Bank in Pequot Lakes, Wells Fargo Bank in Pequot Lakes, The Mane Attraction and from student actors. Tickets will also be available at the door.
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