EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCYAC Presents An American Classic
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Sep. 26, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 26, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It is a timeless drama.
First presented on stage in 1938, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" follows the lives and deaths of the everyday people of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.
It was an immediate success on Broadway and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
"Our Town" explores daily life, love, marriage, death and eternity...what lies beyond where we are now.
"A story of two families, or I guess the whole village really," Dan Kehde, the director, said. "But these two families whose son and daughter fall in love and get married. And you watch the love story and you watch the develop and you watch all of the strange characters involved in the village change and grow and live and die."
Wilder uses the device of a narrator to help tell his story. A stage manager talks directly to the audience, setting the scene for what is to follow. Although set more than a century ago, Wilder's themes of life and death still resonate.
"I think I read 'Our Town' when I was about 14 for the first time and I just absolutely fell in love with it," Mariah Plante (Emily) said. "Now, even reading back through the copy I had when I was 14 years old I saw that I was highlighting the parts for Emily and underlining things and circling. I think I've been really mentally preparing for this part for about three or four years now."
"It's a very American play and American boy," Michael Tighe (George) said. "He falls in love with the girl next door. He's a good baseball player, they get a farm together. The story does take a sad turn but it really displays how you should appreciate life and really not take anything for granted."
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