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Feb. 23, 2011
By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Theatre Northwest will present "Our Town" at 7:30 p.m. March 3-5 and at 2 p.m. March 6 in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets are $8 and may be reserved through www.theatrenorthwest.org or purchased at the door.
"Our Town" is regarded as a classic of American theatre and an outstanding story of life, love and death. Even though the show is set in the early 20th century, audiences can still relate to the characters and situations.
Described by playwright Edward Albee as "...the greatest American play ever written," the story follows the small town of Grover's Corners. 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.
"We have an experienced and talented cast and crew working on this show," said Dr. Joe Kreizinger, the play's director and an associate professor of theatre. "I think audiences will enjoy the story that hits home to everyone."
The play also holds a special place in Northwest history. In 1985, "Our Town" was the first play performed in the Mary Linn Auditorium after it opened.
Several members of the earlier cast and crew plan to attend, including Northwest alumnus and original performer Roger Stricker. An award-winning hair, wig and makeup supervisor for Cirque du Soleil, Stricker will present a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Studio Theatre in the Ron Houston Center.
While the characters and words may be the same as in 1985, Kreizinger is looking forward to project a fresh light on this great American play.
"Every production of every work of art is a creation rather than a re-creation," Kreizinger said. "The approach, the interpretations and the experience of live theatre is always new for those in attendance."
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