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Visit Our Town on 10/12 or 10/14

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:56 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 10:23 AM ]

The Bartlesville High School Theatre department will be performing Thornton Wilder’s award winning play "Our Town". The production is set in Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire from 1901-1913. 

TWO PERFORMANCES:
  • Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, October 14, 7 p.m.
BHS Fine Arts Center at 18th and Hillcrest

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8 for students and $10 for non-students.

Our Town

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Our Town performers
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“Our Town” focuses on the love story between Emily Webb (played by senior Chloe Maye) and George Gibbs (played by senior Matthew Coordsen) and the lives of everyday people.

“I think it says a lot about people and humanity,” Coordsen said. “It’s important to see the common person in a way where you can see their lives and what goes on in their heads. That’s what I love about plays. You can see into people’s heads.”

Since “Our Town” is a show about people that takes place over a span of several years, Maye explained that it shows great change in the characters involved.

“Emily grows so much during the show,” Maye said. “I feel like it is interesting to see the growth of two people.”

While “Our Town" is usually narrated by a single Stage Manager, Jessica Allis, first year theatre arts teacher, chose to cast three separate Stage Managers.

“I really liked the idea of opening it up to more people and showing different types of story tellers,” Allis said.

The cast is excited about this concept.

“This is my first big role, and I am ecstatic,” sophomore Ariel Jimison said. “We’ve come up with new concepts that I don’t think anyone has done before. My character is the embodiment of hope, of a future family line, and she is a concept.”

Allis has also made the decision to have senior Michael Baughman as Assistant Director.

“I get to see the production in an entirely different way than the other roles I have had in the theatre department,” Baughman said.

These changes have not gone unnoticed.

“The most exciting thing for me is seeing how this new company of actors, this new family, is going to work,” junior Lane Cabler said.

The cast has spent hours each day working to bring the play to life.

“We put in 15 plus hours each week,” Allis said. “So, it’s basically a full-time job.”

After doing some dark shows the past few years including “Who will carry the Word,” “The Crucible,” “MacBeth,” and “Heartstrings,” the cast agreed it is nice to do a light- hearted show.

“It’s a little love story, and everyone needs a little love in their life,” junior Sydney Hauser said.

Allis explained that besides being romantic, “Our Town” also has a good message.

“This show is all about community,” Allis said. “We get caught up in our daily lives and forget to look out into our community which we need to do. I think ‘Our Town’ is a good reminder of that.”