Hilltop Players presents 'Our Town' Oct. 2-4
September 23, 2008

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“Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s classic play about small-town Americana at the turn of the 20th century, will come to life on the Rudd Auditorium stage Oct. 2-4, including a special show for alumni during homecoming. 
 

Mr. Bernie Belisle, director of the theatre program, said “Our Town” has been one of his favorites since he first saw it in college. “I appreciate the message and the meaning of the play, and how it impacted my life,” he said. “It taught me to appreciate the little things, to see great significance in the little things in life.”

 

The lack of a set and props—a deliberate move on the playwright’s part—and the use of lighting and pantomime by the actors “forces us to notice that a set is not there, and in noticing that, forces us to realize that relationships, not things, are what is important,” he said.

 

There is a cast of some 20 players “with a nice mix of returning actors as well as some new blood.” Cameron Lane a junior from Dayton, Tenn., will play the Stage Manager, and Emily White, a senior from Metamora, Mich., will play Emily.

 

“Our Town” will be presented four times, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in a special performance particularly for alumni during Homecoming. Call the Hilltop Players’ box office at 775-7500 for tickets.