January 18, 2014

'Our Town" on stage at DHS

Submitted by Dalton High School

— A cast of 23 Dalton High School students are currently in rehearsal for the upcoming Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 23-25, Winter Play production of Thornton Wilder’s quintessential American play “Our Town.”

Called “probably the finest play ever written by an American,” “Our Town” explores the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human existence through the story of the inhabitants of a small New Hampshire town during the first decades of the 20th century.

In particular, the play focuses on the lives of Emily Webb (played by Erin Farmer) and George Gibbs (Ben Southerland) as they fall in love, marry and eventually — in one of the most famous scenes in American theater — die. Through the power of this scene, Emily and audiences come to understand the value of the seemingly commonplace everyday experiences that so many of us take for granted.

Without the aid of props and with very little scenery, these experiences are brought to life by the actors who portray the presumably inconsequential citizens of Grover’s Corners, such as the Gibbs family (Hank Fetzer, Emma Phinney and Molly Poplin), the Webb family (John Harrelson, Brianna Lewallen, Jordan Long), town gossip Mrs. Soames (Lydia Fortuna), milkman Howie Newsome (Raul Guadarrama), paper boy Joe Crowell Jr. (Nicolas Perez-Carreno), Constable Warren (Freddy Pineda), undertaker Joe Stoddard (Ian Lazo), local college professor Willard (Joseph Ortega) and Congregational Church choir director (and town drunk) Simon Stimson (Zac LaVelle), as well as the various other townspeople, choir members, funeral attendees and cemetery dwellers (Josh McCraven, John Alean, Lily Martinez, Ruby Martinez, Alex Pellecer, Diego Gomez and Kate Phinney) that populate the tiny New England town.

Public performances of “Our Town” are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-25, at 7 p.m. in the DHS theater. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.