SCHS Drama Gears up for 'Our Town'

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“The finest play ever written” will warm your heart in the Triton Center at San Clemente High School for four performances.

OUR TOWN is one of the most cherished, hauntingly beautiful plays celebrated in American theatre. This artfully written play revisits a simpler time in American history, life in New Hampshire's small town of Grover's Corners in the early 20th century -- from the cradle to the grave. The tale has taken generations of theater goers by surprise with its charm, simplicity, unexpected humor, imaginative style, evocatively moving themes, and magical storytelling.

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play OUR TOWN has been described by many as the Great American Play. The play details the everyday lives of two families, but underlying the events of their lives - marriages, births, and deaths - is a hope for something more, a transcendental experience unique to the human condition.

Wilder wrote the play while in his 30s. In June 1937, he lived in the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, one of the many locations where he worked on the play. During a visit to Zürich in September 1937, he drafted the entire third act in one day after a long evening walk in the rain with a friend, author Samuel Morris Steward.

OUR TOWN was first performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey on January 22, 1938. It next opened at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts on January 25, 1938. Its New York City debut was on February 4, 1938 at Henry Miller's Theatre, and later moved to the Morosco Theatre. The play was produced and directed by Jed Harris. Wilder received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938 for the work.

Playing the part of the Stage Manager, who guides the audience through the town and introduces its inhabitants, are Emily Czaja and Ryan Steel. The two young people who grow up together over the course of the play, Emily Webb and George Gibbs, are played by Sydney Sroka and Mason Burt. Emily's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Webb, are played by Rob Racke and Jenna Erickson. George's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, are played by Bill Richards and Leah Blanks. Other actors include: Alex Perkins, Alex Prince, Amadi Houston, Anthony Torcaso, Celeste Seifet, Chandler Hull, Danielle DiMarco, Denton Burt, Draco Tuder, El Seabern, Francesca Cavada, Gillian Perry, Katie McGowan, Nadia Kurihara, Paris Hull, Ryan Gibby, Sienna Smith, Sophia Racke, Tiffany Campbell, William Wakeman and Zuri Toral.

This will be new drama teacher, Jeannine Marquie’s directorial debut at SCHS. “Although written almost 75 years ago, this simple play captures the transience of human life and highlights the beauty and divine value of our short time on earth. I look forward to sharing the play’s simple, but important messages with audiences” says Marquie who has recently moved to the area from San Diego where she was a teacher, director and actor.

The curtain will open for the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens can be purchased at the box office for any performance at 5:30 pm. There are special $5 student rush tickets that may be available 10 minutes before curtain if space is available. 


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