Hartland High presents American classic “Our Town”

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The Hartland High School Drama Club is presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Our Town” Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9 to 11, at Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday.

Published in 1938 by acclaimed playwright Thornton Wilder, “Our Town” tells the story of life, love and loss in the fictional small village of Grover’s Corners. The three-act play introduces audiences to the Gibbs and Webb families and takes them on a journey exploring the families’ inter-relationships. Presented as a “play within a play,” the Stage Manager directly addresses the audience and guides it through the townspeople’s ordinary, yet meaningful, lives.

The multi-talented cast and crew at Hartland High School are passionate about continuing their tradition of excellence as they exhaustively prepare to capture the human experience through “Our Town.” Grover’s Corners could easily be Hartland or any other American town in the 1930s — with plenty of moments relevant to today’s audiences.

According to sponsor and producer Mary Jo Del Vero, the community can expect to see an amazing show.

Hartland High School’s production of ‘Our Town’ will be the classic play that everyone is familiar with, but with our own stamp on it,” Del Vero said. “As always, I’m incredibly proud of our students and parents and what they’ve accomplished — and how hard they’ve worked on this challenging piece.”

Director Scott Usher agrees.

“‘Our Town’ is perfectly suited for Hartland students to perform and perfect for our community to come experience.,” Usher said. “At one time, Hartland was just like Grover’s Corners and, in some wonderful ways, it still is today.”

“Our Town” never fails to impress HHS junior Cayenne Teeter, who plays the role of Emily Webb.

“There are countless moments with deep symbolism that really makes you think,” Teeter said. “I find something new and insightful every time we run a scene.”

The cast includes: Kaylee Furge (student producer) as Stage Manager; Jack Matthews (student director) as Dr. Frank Gibbs; Scottie Bell as Mrs. Julia Gibbs; Austin Bickel as George Gibbs; Annika Kreeger as Rebecca Gibbs; Jeremy Lepczynski as Mr. Charles Webb; Matti Digue as Mrs. Myrtle Webb; Shannon Dickey as Wally Webb; Tyler Allen as Jo Crowell Jr.; C.J. Karinen as Si Crowell; Adam Brozowski as Howie Newsome; Jacklyn Ellis as Professor Willard; Josh Archer as Simon Stimson; Sierra Tennyson as Mrs. Soames; Hunter Kretz as Constable Warren; Dominic Ignagni as Sam Craig; and Liam Dunny as Joe Stoddard.

Tickets are available online at http://hartlanddramaclub.weebly.com and at the door. Individual tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. Group rates are also available.

Come see how each and every one of us plays a role in “Our Town” — no matter where we call home.

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