Andover High School presents ‘Our Town’

Andover High School performs a time-honored, Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town” for its fall play.

Anna Wagner is Emily Webb and Reese Britts is George Gibbs in Andover High School’s fall production of “Our Town.” Photo submitted

Anna Wagner is Emily Webb and Reese Britts is George Gibbs in Andover High School’s fall production of “Our Town.” Photo submitted

The show opens Nov. 9 and runs for five performances through Nov. 18.

Director Ann Johnson leads a cast of 31 students in this timeless piece.

“The drama is one that the audience can easily relate to and connect to their own lives,” Johnson said.

The play is set in the small fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., in the 1900s.

Ultimately, Emily, the heroine of the play, poses the following question, evoking a universality to the show: “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it – every, every minute?”

Wilder uses a narrator to tell the story, addressing the audience directly, a technique known as breaking the fourth wall.

He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938 for “Our Town.”

This is the first time Andover is staging the play.

“I want the audience to walk away with the sense that this play, written in 1938, still has applicability for today and their lives in Minnesota,” Johnson said.

Performances are Nov. 9, 10, 11 (ASL), 16, 17 and 18 with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $7, seniors and students, $5. Andover High School is located at 2115 Andover Blvd. For more information, visit www.andovertheatre.org or call 763-506-8491.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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