September 7, 2011
Audience to feel a part of �Our Town�
Going a different direction than the usual Fall play conducted at Cowley
College, theatre director Scott MacLaughlin and technical director
of theatre Jamison Rhoads are working together to bring Thornton Wilder’s “Our
Town” to the Robert Brown Theatre Oct. 4-9.
The cost to attend the Fall play is $8 for adults and $5 for students. The dinner and show combo for the performance on Saturday, Oct. 8 is $20. For more information or to order tickets contact the Cowley College Box office at 620-441-5570. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Performed with little to no scenery, the play will be performed with the audience seated on the stage.
“For years we have relied on elaborate sets and lighting, so this will be a nice change,” MacLaughlin said. “I have always wanted to do this play. The theme is capturing the special moments we have while we are here on earth. It is a sentimental play that places a high value on life and not taking things for granted.”
Rhoads is well known and respected for the work he does on the sets of Cowley’s theatre productions. This time, instead of putting together an elaborate set, he and his crew are working on constructing platforms and risers to accommodate seating for 150 people on the stage of the Robert Brown Theatre.
Work on the platforms and risers began more than two weeks ago. Theatre scholarship students and cast members under the supervision of Rhoads are constructing the project.
“Our goal is to have the risers and platforms done by next Thursday so after Puttin’ on the Hits we can have the stage built so the actors can start rehearsing,” Rhoads said.
The play is set in the fictional community of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, modeled upon several towns in the Mount Monadnock region: Jaffrey, Peterborough, Dublin, and others.
“With the audience so close to the action we hope to have them feel like they are in Grover’s Corners,” Rhoads said.
Beginning with daily life's routines and necessities, the play reveals an American family's intimate and habitual personal lives. Our Town is a character story about an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives (particularly George Gibbs, a doctor's son, and Emily Webb, the daughter of the town's newspaper editor and George's future wife).
Scenes from Grover’s Corners history between the years of 1901 and 1913 play out.
“Wilder wanted to get back to the story and to what was really important, which was the characters and their lives,” MacLaughlin said. “I love the differences from back then to today. We are trying to capture what this time period and the people’s lives were like.”
With raised seating on the stage, MacLaughlin thinks the audience will enjoy this theatrical experience.
“The audience is a part of the play without really realizing it,” MacLaughlin said. “Hopefully the absence of an elaborate set will stimulate the audiences imagination.”
|Stage Manager||Lane Russell|
|Dr. Gibbs||Eric Denning|
|Mrs. Gibbs/Choir||Rose Hooley|
|George Gibbs||Alex Rowe|
|Rebecca Gibbs||Lyvia Grier|
|Mr. Webb||Jackson Curtright|
|Mrs. Webb/Choir||Jilysa Daniel|
|Emily Webb||Rebecca Munoz|
|Wally Webb||Jordan Hill|
|Howie Newsome||Jacob Marney|
|Lady in the Box/Choir||Hayley Rogers|
|Woman in Auditorium/Choir||Rachel McAfee|
|Mrs. Soames/Choir||Kimberley Deaver|
|Constable Warren||Christian Weston|
|Simon Stimson||Octavio Matamoros|
|Sam Craig/Choir||Allen Holt|
|Joe Stoddard/Choir||Morgan Wilson|
|Choir Stagehand||Melissa Niblett|
|Production Stage Manager||Nicole Mason|