Katharina Kroll-Fratoni, as Emily Webb, and Holly Robbins, as Mrs. Myrtle Webb, rehearse a scene of Our Town April 16. HERALD PHOTO/Matt Roberts
EVANSTON — Thornton Wilder’s American classic play, Our Town, may be 75 years old in 2013, but its story is timeless — the story of hopes, dreams, loss and the relationships from which they all spring. The production will be staged by Evanston’s own Sagebrush Theatre Productions beginning tonight, Friday, April 19.
“Our Town…takes place in Grover’s Corners, N.H., but the premise is that it could take place in any small town anywhere,” director Heather Blackwell told the Herald. “It really focuses on how the people interact with each other, and just enjoying the small moments in life. What I love about that is that anyone can relate to that — we can all appreciate the small things in life and the great people in your town…and that’s a theme that I think is universal for everyone.”
The play focuses on the lives of the residents of Grover’s Corners through three acts, appropriately titled, “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.”
“We’ve been rehearsing for about six weeks now,” Blackwell said of the production. “Things have really gone well. We had a lot of talented [people who] came in and auditioned, and we’re looking forward to a great show.”
The cast of 25 ranges in age from 8 years old through retirement age.
“We’ve had a lot of fun putting the show together,” Blackwell said.
The production will be staged at the Evanston Middle School auditorium, Sagebrush’s temporary home. Their former venue at the old high school disappeared when that structure was demolished last year. They plan to utilize the facilities of the remodeled Strand Theater in downtown Evanston when it is completed. The city was recently approved for a substantial grant from the Wyoming Business Council to help complete the renovation project.
Our Town will be staged April 19-20 and 26-27 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Evanston Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets can be obtained at the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Serendipity and Water of Life.
Cast and crew
Stage Manager - Randy Meyer
George Gibbs - David Minton
Emily Webb - Katharina Kroll-Fratoni
Dr. Frank Gibbs - Drew Cope
Mrs. Julia Gibbs - Ronda Hurst
Mrs. Myrtle Webb - Holly Robbins
Charles Webb - Dave Miner
Howie Newsome - Tyler Lancaster
Rebecca Gibbs - Kaelyn Hiatt
Prof. Willard - Mark Madia
Simon Stimson - Derek Taylor
Mrs. Soames - Dale Bixler
Joe Stoddard - Bob Fry
Beth Webb - Karen Medrano
Joe Crowell - Brooklyn Lovato
Si Crowell - Aidan McGuire
Susan Craig - Stephanie Leeper
Constable Warren - Bob Fry
Farmer McCarty - Mark Madia
Suzanne MacEwin, Chris Cope, Stephanie Leeper, Aidan McGuire, Tyler Lancaster, Bob Fry, Ali Meyer, Brooklyn Lovato, Mark Madia
Behind the Scenes
Stage Manager - Cherise Bridge
Backstage Crew - Christine Moriss
Lights/Sound - Chris Katzl, Elle Porter, Dave Miner, Heather Blackwell
Costumes - Patty Willoughby, Kim Lahm, Leanne Whitman
Set Construction - Eddie Coe, Drew Cope
Props - Cast and crew members
Publicity - Suzanne MacEwin, Patty Willoughby, Randy Meyer, Heather Blackwell
Ad Sales - Randy Meyer, Heather Blackwell, Suzanne MacEwin, Patty Willoughby, Melissa Chandler