Blackhawk Christian Theatre will present Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town on October 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 pm in the North Campus Gymnasium (7400 East State Boulevard, Fort Wayne).
Our Town was first produced at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey in 1938. It later achieved success on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is arguably the most produced play in the English language.
The three-act play tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire between 1901 and 1913 by portraying the everyday life of its citizens.
Wilder uses meta-theatrical devices throughout, setting the play in the actual theatre where it is being performed. The main character is the Stage Manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles. The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props.
Actors who have played the role of the Stage Manager throughout the decades include Paul Newman, Helen Hunt, Henry Fonda, Hal Holbrook, Spalding Gray, Geraldine Fitzgerald (the first woman to play the Stage Manager) and Thornton Wilder himself.
In the Blackhawk Christian Theatre production, the role of the Stage Manager will be played by senior, Jacob Starr. Ross Norton (senior) and Celina Burke (junior) will portray the characters of George Gibbs and Emily Webb, the star-crossed lovers. Their parents are played by juniors Jake Smith, Isabella Coats, Malena Tipton and sophomore Weston Maley. A cast of twenty-four students and six crew members round out the production.
Richard Luedeke helms the production as director, supported by Brandon Salyer (technical director), Candis Allwein (costume design), Joel Guthrie and Jessie Smith (set design and art) and Claire Kowatch (prop design).
Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to each performance for $7.00 (adults) and $5.00 (students). Call 260-493-7400 for more information.
Blackhawk secondary students will have the opportunity to see the play on October 1st during the matinee.