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Michigan premiere World War I Era drama at Meadow Brook Theatre; opens March 21

Preview March 13, 2018 Encore Staff

ROCHESTER—The Snow Geese by Sharr White runs March 21 through April 15 at Meadow Brook Theater on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.

Set in 1917, The Snow Geese follows the Gaesling family to their annual shooting party to kick off the hunting season in upstate New York. As war looms and family secrets are revealed, they try to cling to normalcy. Mother Elizabeth is determined to keep things normal for her family, but her husband has passed away as World War I rages in the distance. Oldest son, Duncan, is coming to terms with his upcoming deployment overseas. Meanwhile, younger son, Arnold, discovers that his father, revered by the family, has left them deeply in debt. Will the Gaeslings be able to let go of the life they’ve always known and face the future?

The Geslings are played by Debbie Williams, Ricky Gee, Tim Stone and Ron Williams. The remainder of the cast consists of Julie Glander, David Wolber, and Sara Kmiec.

The Snow Geese is directed by Travis W. Walter. Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager with scenic design by Jen Price Fick, costume design by Corey Collins, lighting design by Reid G. Johnson and sound design by Mike Duncan.

“This drama is set 100 years ago, but the themes will resonate with our audiences today,” says Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. “We frequently struggle to come to terms with our lives and our families, just like the Gaeslings.”

Tickets range from $28 to $43 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at www.ticketmaster.com. Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing.