Our Town

by Thorton Wilder

Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Small, rural, out-of-the-way fictional town. 1901 to 1913. Life is pretty much the same for small towns in America. There is no apparent threat of global conflict or war. Such is the setting of Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town. The central values of the play—Christian morality, community, the family, appreciation of everyday pleasures—are traditional. Yet, Wilder's methods of presenting these values on the stage are anything but.

No scenery, few props, mimed actions, & dramatis persona who fluidly travels both in and out of the action of the play—all these make for a radically innovative way of presenting a drama. This was certainly a risk at the time of first publication in 1938, when theater productions were known for their lavish costumes and scenery. However, these "experimental techniques" allow the audience to focus on the characters themselves rather than on their location and how they related to objects that surrounded them.

In Our Town, Thornton Wilder artfully manipulates time and place and relates the here-and-now-of a small, New England village to the timeless concerns of all humankind. He builds the action of the play toward the dramatic revelation that human life, however painful, dreary, or inconsequential its daily events, is both a precious gift in its own right as well as a portion of the mysterious plan that rests in the "Mind of God."

* Summary Information Taken from eNotes.com

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PRODUCTION DATES

May 14=16, 2010

CAST

Stage Manager : Jonathon Shirey
Dr. Gibbs : Steve Hassinger
Mrs. Gibbs : Barbara Nicholas
George Gibbs : Derek Jenkins
Rebecca Gibbs : Gretchen Enterline
Mr. Webb : Randy Riggleman
Mrs. Webb : Roxanne Wolgemuth
Emily Webb : Jessica Hanner
Wally Webb : Chris Green
Joe Crowell : Riley Homsher
Howie Newsome : Kevin Conti
Professor Willard : Gene Nicholas
Simon Stimson : Joshua Kirwin
Mrs. Soames : Linda Shields Boozer
Constable Warren : Andy Green
Si Crowell : Eoin Cushey
Sam Craig : Kevin Wolgemuth
Joe Stoddard : Dustin McQuade
People of the Town : Eileen Cushey, Barb Green, Kayla Martine, Jim Strickler, Aiden Thomas, Mike Worman
PRODUCTION TEAM

Director : Jim Johnson
Production Manager : Jason Spickler
Stage Manager : Kara Hartman, Niki Swatski
Costume Design and Construction : Jacquee Johnson, Carol Shreffler, Diane Schultz
Lighting and Technical : Kyle Brubaker, Andy Green, Andrew Miller, Derek Snyder, Jim Shomo
Box Office : Chrissy Buchmoyer, Liz Garner
Visual Projections : Stephen Bair