"On Approval" Play Directed by Melvin Kangas
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"On Approval," Directed by Melvin Kangas, at Heritage Center October 6 to October 9

HANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University will present four performances of the play, "On Approval" Thursday October 6, through Sunday, October 9, 2011, at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

Play performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance begins at 2:30 p.m.

The title of the light-hearted British comedy refers to a custom in the 1920s that allowed consumers to use an appliance at home for a one month trial, "on approval." If, at the end of the one month period, the product met expectations, it was purchased; otherwise, it was returned to the store.

Directed by Melvin Kangas, "On Approval" is set in the year 1927 and tells the story of Maria, a rich, spoiled, domineering widow considering marriage to a much younger man, Richard. Cynical about love, Maria decides to take Richard to her estate in Scotland for a month, on approval.

Joining the couple in Scotland are Richard's friend, George, the recently-impoverished Duke of Bristol; and Helen, a wealthy American heiress whom George views as a possible solution to his financial woes.

The two couples become trapped in the Scottish estate when Maria's servants abandon her, leading to a revealing and comic test of their true natures.

The cast of the play-all Finlandia faculty, staff, students, or alumni-features in the lead roles Sunny Kaye (aka Melvin Kangas) as Maria, Soren Schmidt as Richard, Erick Hinsch as George, and Kendra Benson as Helen.

Music for the play was composed by Robin Oye, and is performed by "The Tweed and Tartan Band," with Robin Oye on flutes, Conni Johnson on kantele, Kent Randell on mandolin, and Charles Young on bass.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10.00 per person; $5.00 for children under 12 years. Finlandia students attend free with a valid university ID.

The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center is located at 435 Quincy St., in downtown Hancock.