The Playhouse Opens 35th Anniversary Season with American Classic “Our Town”
To commemorate Huntingdon’s 250th Anniversary, the Playhouse at McConnellstown will open its 35th season with Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town” on June 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
A landmark in American drama, Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Narrated by the “Stage Manager,” we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes — from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.”
Through young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, “Our Town” offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization.
George Baumer narrates “Our Town” as the Stage Manager. Dr. Gibbs and his wife are played by Patrick Rice and Jennifer Powell, and Kyle Yoder plays their son, George Gibbs. Keith Sutton is Mr. Webb, and Stephanie Swan is his wife, Mrs. Webb. Emily and Sally Webb are played by Olivia Grugan and Simone Bilich.
Joe Krabill appears as both Howie Newsome and Joe Stoddard; and Bradley Renninger is Professor Willard and Sam Craig. Terry Ayers is Simon Stimson, and Deborah Shank is Mrs. Soames. Kyle Williams plays Constable Warren, and Hunter McVey is Farmer McCarthy. Caleb Donahue plays Joe Crowell, and Michael Cantrell is Si Crowell.
The townspeople include Jennifer Cantanese, Karen Kuntz, Molly Weaverling, Dan Weston, Tara Lee Donahue, Clay Glenny, and Jeanne Nagurny.
“Thornton Wilder’s play examines the time when life was a little bit slower, and a person take a minute to breathe and forget the chaos of the world,” commented Jennnifer Cantanese.
“I think this play is a great way to honor Huntingdon’s 250th anniversary. Those who come see the show will relate to their own experiences growing up or living in a small town,” added Bradley Renninger.
Jeanne Nagurny directs “Our Town” with assistance by Tara Lee Donahue and Clay Glenny. Jennifer Cantanese stage manages this production. The set design is by Don Dietz with sound design by Rick Brown and costumes by Jeanne Nagurny. Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton with technical assistance by Barbara Hughes, John Catanese, and Hunter McVey.
Please note that show times and prices have changed. “Our Town” will continue June 3rd, 8th, 9th, and 10th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are June 4th and 11th at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission, $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311. The Playhouse is located at 11680 Raystown Rd, Huntingdon, PA, five miles South of Huntingdon Borough right on Rt. 26 in the Village of McConnellstown. For more information, please check the website at www.littletheater.com, like us on Facebook (The Playhouse at McConnellstown), or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.