APPRENTICE PLAYERS TO PERFORM "OUR TOWN" IN NOVEMBER

10/12/2010

SUNY Orange Theatre Troupe to Offer Six Performances of Thornton Wilder Play

PHOTO: Samantha Gillespie and Shelly Kornher will appear in MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Thornton Wilder’s drama about two ordinary families living in adjacent houses in sleepy Grover’s Corners, N.H., will enliven the Orange Hall Theatre stage at SUNY Orange for two weekends in November as the Apprentice Players perform “Our Town” on Nov. 5-7 and 12-14.

First produced in 1938, “Our Town” has become one of America’s most loved and performed plays, and is considered Wilder’s most celebrated achievement. The Apprentice Players’ production will be directed by SUNY Orange professor Max Schaefer. Friday and Saturday performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Nov. 5-6 and 12-13. Sunday showings will begin at 3 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 14.

Set in the early years of the 20th century, “Our Town” has been described by many as the Great American Play. The play details the everyday lives of two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs. But underlying the events of their lives--marriages, births, and deaths--is a hope for something more. Through a close examination of daily routine and the seemingly mundane, Wilder exposes a universal truth--people tend to plow through life pursuing an end goal, when the small joys of the present moment should really be their focus.

George Gallo will serve as stage manager, while the cast includes: Shelly Kornher (Mrs. Myrtle Webb), Jeff Foley (Mr. Charles Webb), Samantha Gillespie (Emily Webb), Michael Alvarado (George Gibbs), Theresa Wagers (Mrs. Julia Gibbs) and Dominick Pascullo (Dr. Frank F. Gibbs). Rounding out the cast are: Ariana Blake, Maegan Villaverde, Corbin Craig Thompson, Zarif Ahmed, Damon Lewis, Rob Snyder, Guy Madlock, Jason Stecher, Olivia Cohen, Bob Reader, William Odell, Ericka Demberg and Louis Gellys.

Ticket prices for “Our Town” are: $14, general admission; $10, senior citizens, faculty and alumni; $4, students; and free for active duty military personnel. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sunyorange.edu (click on “events” tab). For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4790.

Orange Hall Theatre, located in Orange Hall, is universally accessible. General parking is available in the College parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.

Photo caption: Samantha Gillespie (left) and Shelly Kornher will perform in 'Our Town"

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