This fall the FHS drama department is taking on one of the great classics of American dramatic literature – Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Under the direction of Mr Gould and Mr Nettesheim, the students hope to demonstrate their dramatic skills and tell this impactful story.
Our Town follows the lives of two families living in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Its three acts focus on the story of two children, George Gibbs (played by junior Brandon Heath) and Emily Webb (sophomore Sarah Melcher), as they go through the three major stages of life – The Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and finally Death. However, this story is told almost completely without props or scenery. Instead, a combination of pantomime, lighting effects and narration from an ever-present Stage Manager (senior Annalies Kleyheeg) guide the audience through this portrayal of life, love and human nature. Without a complex set, the focus falls instead on the people within the story, allowing the audience to see that life is so much more than it seems.
Franklin’s production of Our Town opens next Thursday November 12th at 6pm in the Saber Center, with additional performances Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th at 7pm. Tickets are available for presale now in the main office and at the door, $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors (children under 6 get in free).