The Trinity High School drama department will explore the beauty of ordinary life and how we take our lives for granted in Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Dickinson State University’s Stickney Auditorium.
The three-act drama is set in the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners, N.H. It tells the story of its citizens in the early 20th century between 1901 and 1913.
The play opens during an ordinary morning in the Webb and Gibbs households.
Three years pass and sweethearts George Gibbs and Emily Webb are preparing to marry. The day is filled with stress, but the bride and groom calm down and proceed with the wedding.
During the final scene, the “stage managers” introduce the audience to the cemetery outside of town and to the citizens who have died since the wedding.
The newest arrival expresses a desire to re-live just one more day of her life. The play concludes with the lessons she has learned.
The play is performed without a set, while the actors mime their actions without the use of props. The cast features students from grades 7-12. It is the final opportunity for the upperclassmen to work together on a Trinity production. The “stage managers” are played by two seniors, Austin Oltmanns and Sarah Strube.
Other seniors involved in the show include Emily Jilek as Emily Webb, Gretchen Weir as Mrs. Gibbs, Molly Schweitzer as Mrs. Webb, Ben Hapip as Mr. Webb and Jacob Kovar as Professor Willard and Joe Stoddard.
Jilek sees parallels between the play and the Dickinson community.
“This play makes you really think about life and appreciate all the special moments that are often taken for granted,” Jilek said. “The characters experience small-town life and are really connected to their community and each other.”
The play was originally slated for the THS auditorium, but after the March 3 fire, the cast took on the challenge of rescheduling rehearsals. Director Janel Schiff found costumes and a new venue for the performance.
A display of historical pictures from Dickinson’s past will be shown in the May Hall lobby.
Opening night will feature an evening meal served at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lady J’s. To reserve dinner tickets, visit www.dickinsoncatholic
Molly Schweitzer contributed information for this press release.