A troupe of young actors from northern Kentucky raised $ 2,500 for the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home (DCCH) through five sold-out performances of an Edward Albee play.
Four members of the locally based Mitchell Squared produced and performed History of the zoo, a one-act play written in 1958 by the famous playwright. The main character was orphaned at a young age and the play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, social disparity and dehumanization in a materialistic world.
“DCCH is blessed with the incredible gift made possible by Mitchell Squared,” said Amy Pelicano, Director of Development and Marketing for DCCH. “They used their creativity to produce ‘The Zoo Story’ at Thomas More University to make this donation to support our mission. The fragile children in our care will find hope for a bright future through their generosity and we are very grateful to them. “
Mitchell Square was formed to present the play, which was recently performed to five sold-out audiences at Thomas More University.
“The four of us were really motivated to put together the best possible production,” said Mitch Holland of Lakeside Park, founding member of Mitchell Squared. “Thomas More was kind enough to allow us to use their theater, and felt it provided an intimate setting for 85 people in the audience to perform. History of the zoo. ”
“From start to finish, the production tested our skills that we learned at our various universities,” said Holland, senior at the Webster University Conservatory in St. Louis, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in performance. . “We were very satisfied with the final product. And we have raised a good amount of money through our efforts to help the children at DCCH. ”
Mitchell performed the play with Ben Mitchell, of Fort Wright, a junior at the University of Hartford pursuing a bachelor’s degree in musical theater.
Quinn Spivey of Iowa, a senior who is also studying theater at Webster University Conservatory, directed the play, and Christian Straub, of Union, a senior at Western Kentucky University who is studying for a bachelor’s degree in film and cinema. realization, served as stage manager. .
“We think the production really showcased our talent and the skills we learned in our respective conservatories,” Mitchell said. “We hope that our production company, Mitchell Squared, will continue to present these shows to help local organizations in the community.”
In 2019 Holland and Mitchell performed the play Thomas scooter before four sold-out hearings, raising $ 2,000 for the Lindner Center of Hope.
Located on Orphanage Road in Fort Mitchell and known as the DCCH Center for Children and Families, DCCH provides residential treatment, foster care, adoption, therapy and counseling services for children, adolescents. , adults, couples and families of northern Kentucky.