Pirate News: Hart HS Drama Club presents ‘Our Town.’

March 8, 2020

Pirate News: Hart HS Drama Club presents ‘Our Town.’

Pirate News is a service of Hart Public Schools in cooperation with Oceana County Press.

HART — The Hart High School Drama Club will present “Our Town,” a play written by Thornton Wilder, Friday through Sunday, March 20-22, in the Hart Public Schools Auditorium.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The show is appropriate for all ages, but is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Tickets are available online at www.showtix4u.com or by calling 866-967-8167. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the box office the night/day of the show.

Described as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die.

“This is truly one of the most iconic American plays ever written,” said Hart Public Schools Choir Director/Drama Teacher David Moul. ‘Our Town’ gained popularity with audiences based on its real-to-life depictions of small town America, and the ease at which audiences connect with the characters. The story is one familiar to those of us who live in rural Michigan: the well-worn path of daily routine, the joy of new life, the relationships and familiarity with our friends and fellow citizens, falling in love with a high school sweetheart, living, loving, and eventually, passing. It will be difficult to leave this performance untouched by the heartfelt portrayal of the human experience.

“The thing I love most about this show is that it is a show is done without a set, and with minimal props and costuming,” Moul said. “The audience is taken on a journey that lets them imagine the setting and project their own experiences on the performers. It’s also a tremendously difficult show for the actors to perform, because they have no support from costumes, set, or props to tell the story. The audience’s understanding and enjoyment of the performance comes solely from their ability to act convincingly.”

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