Oak Ridge High School Masquers, the schoolâ€™s drama program, will present Thornton Wilderâ€™s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Our Town” for three performances this week.
The performances are scheduled for Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 10, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m., at the Oak Ridge Performing Arts Center.
Guided by the fourth wall breaking Stage Manager, the classic play “Our Town” follows three days in the life of Emily Webb and George Gibbs, the eldest children of two neighboring families, their parents, and the rural New Hampshire town itself. By focusing on the day of Emily and Georgeâ€™s youthful first attraction, the day of their marriage, and the day that brings all people to reflect on their lives, the play envisions the dramatic and mundane life of both the characters who inhabit “Our Town” and the audience who watches the play.
Under the direction of Benjamin Fowler, who has appeared in, directed, or produced nearly two dozen stage productions and is an English teacher at ORHS, “Our Town” offers laughs, love, and an alternately warm and sobering exploration of what it means to live.
Masquers is a student-driven extracurricular program at ORHS of 65-plus students supported by community members and teaching staff. Past performances have included “The Music Man,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Dearly Departed,” “Harvey,” and many more. The Masquersâ€™ yearly season showcases a fall play, a spring musical, and an interactive murder mystery dinner.
Advance tickets are $6 and available at the ORHS office and The Ferrell Shop. At the door, tickets will be $7 for students and $8 for adults.
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