Rick Teeter brings playwright Wilder’s vision to life for “Our Town”

Photo by Melissa Digue, MAD Creations Studio

It’s no small task to bring a renowned playwright’s vision to life, but Hartland High School senior Rick Teeter has done just that, as head of the Set Crew and stage manager for the Drama Club’s production of “Our Town.”

Thanks to Teeter and his talented team, audiences will see the small town of Grover’s Corners appear before their eyes. Teeter’s involvement with “Our Town” and three other Drama Club shows has given him a chance to emerge as a leader while collaborating with other students who have a passion for creating.

“Working well together is the most essential part of success,” he said. “Helping each other out, whether it’s building, painting or set changes, is the best way to ensure everything goes just right.”

Teeter, who played football for Hartland High School before joining Drama Club, credits his sister, Cayenne (who plays the role of Emily Webb in “Our Town”), with encouraging him to try theater.

“I never in my life thought I would ever join Drama Club,” he said, “but after my sister convinced me to join, I fell in love, and a year and a half later I’m now in charge of the Set Crew.”

Teeter, the son of Rick Teeter and Amanda Teeter, balances his Drama Club involvement with other HHS activities, including serving as president of German Club, playing guitar with the Jazz Ensemble and belonging to DECA. He plans to attend Michigan State University and study history and German.

Though the “Our Town” set was intended to be minimal, Teeter said his crew worked incredibly hard on every detail so that it “tells a much richer story.”

— Jennifer Stang

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors, and can be purchased at http://hartlanddramaclub.weebly.com or at the door.


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