National Players’ ‘Of Mice and Men’ onstage in Culver Thursday

This Thursday, March 15, Culver Academies’ Eppley Auditorium will host the National Players’ stage rendition of the John Steinbeck classic, “Of Mice and Men,” starting at 7:30 p.m.

“Now celebrating its 63rd anniversary season,” notes the Players’ website (, “National Players has earned a distinctive place in American theatre by...(introducing) audiences to great works of dramatic literature that are rich in exciting stories and characters, and profound in language and themes.

“National Players,” the site continues, “was founded in 1949 by Father Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P., a prominent arts educator and then head of the drama department at Catholic University of America...Players’ alumni include actors, directors, and designers working on film, television, and hundreds of stages across America.”

The group has held performances at the White House, in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for American military, and throughout 40 states. Actors play multiple onstage roles and act as managers, teaching artists, and technicians, and the company brings its own sets, lights, costumes, and sound.

As with past events, the school’s Crisp art gallery, located east of the audito­rium, will be open to the public for two hours prior to the start of the concert.

Tickets to the performance may be purchased at the Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center box office, located in the foy­er of the main entry facing Academy Road, through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m., or at the Eppley Auditorium box office, located in the lobby, one hour prior to the performance. Questions may be directed to Marsha Coven at, or 574-842-7058. Tickets are $20(orchestra/mezzanine) and $15 (senior or student), and $15 for bal­cony seats ($10 for seniors or students). All ticket sales are final, and the box office accepts cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and American Express.