“Oh Earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.” Thornton Wilder, Our Town.
In the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire; change is a rare thing to come by.
Our Town is a play of life, love and death written by Thornton Wilder. The story starts off in 1901, purely to set the stage.
Act one; the various stage managers in the DAA production act as narrators, who tell the story of their town. Dr Gibbs and Julia Gibbs are the friendly neighbours of Charles and Myrtle Webb. The Gibbs’ oldest offspring, George Gibbs is an avid baseball player in his mid teens. The Webbs’ eldest daughter Emily Webb is a an intelligent young lady, who is also in her mid teens. George begins noticing Emily romantically as he starts thinking about his future. George has hopes to work on his Uncle Luke’s farm. However, Emily Webb has always had her eye on the Gibbs eldest son…
Act two swiftly moves to 1904, where Emily and George are about to get married. The act explains the trails they faced as a couple and the doubts the two have about marriage and growing up.
Act three; the last phase of the story, takes place in 1913. Emily dies unexpectedly in the process of giving birth to her second child. The funeral is a heart-wrenching scene where those who have passed away welcome Emily to the unknown. Emily reflects back on her life and those who have passed and comes to an astounding realization of how short life really is. Emily is given the opportunity to go back to any day in her life, but is warned to choose the “least important day in your life, it will be important enough.” and makes the decision to go back to her twelfth birthday. Emily is shocked to realize there are no second chances, and her visit into the past becomes too much to bare. She notices all the changes that have slowly come to her little town – where people now lock their front doors. And has to come to accept her fate.
Mr Padraig Downey directed an incredible production of Our Town. The cast members truly took on their character’s identity, with actors such as Celina Abbas giving heart wrenching performances.
Celina plays the character of Emily, and had most of the audience on the brink of tears at the wake of her characters funeral. Celina’s acting coupled with excellent directing and a wonderful crew made for a very memorable scene – that left the audience speechless.
Andrew Riad effortlessly took on the role of George Gibbs. Andrew often acted as comic relief to a somewhat serious play. All cast members displayed incredible interpretations of their characters; Sara Wali made a very believable Ms Webb and allowed for the whole audience to share in her concern for Emily’s well-being on her wedding day.
This play was an all round success and the auditorium erupted with applause at the end of this third act. This cast and crew worked hard to deliver an entertaining performance and didn’t fail to share an impactful message; life is short. It’s important to live every moment of it. “You’ve got to love life to have life, and you’ve got to have life to love life.”