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Posted: November 12, 2013

Our Town offers entertaining chance at reflection

By Mary Hamilton

If you could revisit a day in your life, what would it look like? Mount Baker Secondary School’s fall production, Our Town, opens November 14 and invites the audience to consider the question.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Thornton Wilder traces life in a small New England town and the romance between George Gibbs (played by Justice Jones) and Emily Webb (Jade Duchscherer), narrated by the omniscient Stage Manager (Carter Gulseth).

Director Mary Hamilton explains that the play covers everything from the minor details to the life-changing themes.

This family-friendly story is accompanied by a score composed by Mount Baker student Danica Martin.

The show provides humour while challenging the audience to reflect upon their lives. Wilder’s innovative theatrical techniques and important message make this an unforgettable story. Although the play is set in the early 20th Century, the Mount Baker production takes a more contemporary approach in its design. The final scene takes place 100 years ago, but its lesson is perhaps even more relevant today.

The play runs from November 14 to 16, with a catered reception on opening night and an afternoon matinee on November 17.

Tickets are on sale now at the Key City Theatre box office. Set aside a few hours to see the play to learn more about making time in your life.

Above photo: left to right: Justice Jones (George) and Katie Elder (Mrs. Gibbs) in an early rehearsal. Photo credit: Julian Bueckert.

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