Aaron Moreland here. I was born and raised right outside Mount Vernon in luxurious Sparta, Ohio. :) I first discovered my love for acting in the 7th grade in a local Mount Vernon Production of "Gypsy" The love I developed years ago has taken me all over the country performing in Musicals, National Tours, Outdoor Drama, Independent Film and so much more. But . . .if there was one area of all of performance art that I could say I connected with the most it would be "The Classics”
What makes a classic?
To me, a classic is a piece that any audience can relate and emotionally attach to regardless of how long ago it was written, regardless of the subject matter, regardless of the class of the people or the language spoken. It is the underlying truth of humanity that lies beneath the text, beneath the story and inside the characters that reverberate in one’s soul. It keeps you thinking and asking questions long after the curtain has fallen.
I have been lucky enough in my life to experience acting in a few such classics. (Romeo & Juliet, The Crucible, The Miracle Worker, Everyman, etc.) I have also been fortunate enough to see some amazing productions of these life changing works. (Hamlet, Oedipus Rex, The Glass Menagerie, Street Car Named Desire, etc.)
I am extremely happy to be back in the area that spawned my intense love for the performance arts as director of MTVarts' Classic Series "of Mice and Men".
Of Mice and Men is a classic in every sense of the word and especially relevant today. Set in the middle of our country's Great Depression is shines a light on the everyman. The men that traveled extensively looking for any work they could find. These men accepted the loneliness of the road and the constant changing landscape. They accepted the isolation of no family and no future but hard work. It was a tough time. Not unlike the time we are slowly crawling out of. Where work has been uncertain and scores of people in this country would do anything for a job that can put food on the table. It also deals with the bond that can form between unlikely friends and the compassion that strangers can feel for each other. It especially deals with hope and the tragic events that can destroy it.
Please watch this space as we share with you the journey that we as artists are making to bring this play to you. Our journey becomes your journey and we all arrive together.