MU Theatre presents one of America’s most famous plays

Nadine Fox, Staff writer

The Mercyhurst Theatre Pro- gram celebrates the 125th anniversary of playwright Thornton Wilder’s birth with a production of his masterpiece, “Our Town,” Dec. 1-3, in Taylor Little Theatre.

There will be a total of four shows the first week of December. Opening night will be Thursday, Dec.1 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a show on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, there will be two performances at 2p.m.and 7:30 p.m.

“Our Town” is directed by guest artist Doug Powers, Ph.D., who has previously worked on the Mercyhurst Theatre Program’s productions of “The Tempest,” “Dancing at Lughnasa,” “Dracula,” “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “Through the Looking-Glass,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“‘Our Town’ is the great American play,” Powers said in a Mercyhurst press release. “Planted firmly in the cultural landscape, the play still resonates. It also still packs a devastating blow, as we journey through all the stages of living.”

“Our Town” takes place in Grover’s Corners and follows the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families.

The play is split into three acts titled: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” The audience will watch the children fall in love, marry, and eventually, die.

The cast of “Our Town” includes Rondale Smith (Stage Manager), Michael Harper (Dr. Gibbs), Mason Reynolds (Joe Crowell/Si Crowell), Vanessa Nolan (Howie Newsome), Bella Lee (Mrs.Gibbs),ToriAltsman (Mrs. Webb), Braden Rosciszewski (George Gibbs), Faith Mackinnon (Rebecca Gibbs), Zach Hansen (Wally Webb), Ali Forsythe (Emily Webb), Ash Carr (Professor Willard), Ben Vacca (Mr. Webb), Katelynn Bizzarro (Woman in the Balco- ny), Bridget Gedeon (Man in the Auditorium), Maureen Krihwan (Lady in the Box), John Carroll (Simon Stimson), Maya Dildine (Mrs. Soames), Sam Harnum (Constable Warren), Gabby Schmidt (Sam Craig), Cole Lowe (Joe Stoddard), Abigail Bend- er, Abby Craig and Yekaterina Kanazin (People of the Town).

Adults tickets are $15, senior citizens and non-Mercyhurst students are $10 and youth and Mercyhurst students are $5 with I.D. Each ticket order is subject to a tax of $1.50 per ticket processing fee regardless of purchase or payment method. The box office is open Tues- day-Thursday, noon-5 p.m., and 90 minutes before each ticketed event. Reserve your tickets online at the MIAC ticketing web- site, by phone at 814-824-3000 or at the PAC box office.

All performances are general admission, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to curtain.