Norwood Performing Arts will present “Our Town” December 4-6, 2009, at Norwood Middle School Auditorium, 2060 Sherman Ave., Norwood, OH 45212. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.
“Our Town,” written by Thornton Wilder, was first performed in 1938. That same year, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “Our Town” is the story of the everyday lives of the Gibbs and Webb families—particularly George Gibbs and Emily Webb—and their neighbors in Grover’s Corners, N.H. in the early 20th century. The play follows George and Emily as they grow and mature, get married and eventually experience death. The three acts are appropriately titled “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Life and Death.” As Wilder himself wrote in a letter to Gertrude Stein in 1937, “Our Town” is “a little play with all the big subjects in it.”
“Our Town” is a play about the significance of everyday events. The Stage Manager interacts with both the characters and the audience to lead them on a journey where ordinary lives and actions become extraordinary. This simple play asks of its viewers one question: Do human beings ever truly appreciate life?
“Our Town” features Norwood High School students and is directed by Cheryl Couch. Couch, who has directed in venues across Cincinnati, chose this play for its “endearing and enduring” story. She explains, “You don’t really realize how much you like something until you leave it.”
Norwood Performing Arts is planning two special events in conjunction with the play. The theater program will be collecting non-perishable food items and winter clothing such as hats and gloves to donate to the Norwood Service League. Collection bins will be available during all the shows. Additionally, the matinee production of “Our Town” on Sunday, Dec. 6 will be followed by an open reception with refreshments. Norwood High School alumni and members of the community are invited to share their stories about life when they were young and about living in “their town” of Norwood today.
Norwood Performing Arts has a rich legacy of theater in the Norwood community. This is in thanks to the many supportive people who have worked with them over the years.
Tickets for “Our Town” are $7 and may be purchased in advance or at the door on the day of the show. For more information, please contact the box office at 513-924-2787.