“Our Town” leaves the audience with a touching message

December 15, 2014

East’s annual fall play, “Our Town” provides the audience with lessons about the values in life that they are sure take with them after the curtains close.

“Our Town” was written in 1938 by Thornton Wilder. The play has three acts which usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The first act describes daily life in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners; the second act describes a young couple’s love and marriage and the third act emphasizes eternity as a result of death and dying. The play focuses on the values of life itself, as well as the negative aspects. The play consisted of little sound effects and visuals, along with an early 1900’s era setting.

Performed by the Red cast, the opening night of the play drew a bit of an audience anxious to see this Pulitzer Prize-winning play that elaborates upon life in general.

Mr. Tom Weaver,  who is the producer and director of the play, was very excited to see the crowd on the first night. Weaver also praised the cast members’ work in rehearsals.

“I was extremely happy with the time management and rehearsals. There’s nothing to really complain about the way rehearsal went,” Weaver said.

“I feel we did really well on this play, especially since we had a lot of students play characters that were 60-70 years old,” said Meghan Griffith (’15).

White cast member Lior Algrably (’15) added, “I don’t think you could ever perfect the character, but it took about two weeks to get the traits of the character down.”

At the end of the play, the red cast received a standing ovation from the crowd.

“It was very good, very interesting and very different from all the plays I’ve seen,” Yoni Weiss (’16) said.

Members of the cast also commented on the beauty of the show.

“I’m also in the play, but I love to watch it. It’s a great play to learn and take away from,” said Anthony Cornatzer (’15).

“Our Town” teaches people that life can be enjoyable, and even after death, they still live on forever.

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