Notre Dame High School is set to premiere its newest play, “Our Town,” this Friday at 7 p.m.
Playwright, Thornton Wilder’ s production tells the story of a small fictional American town, Grover’s Corners, in the early 1900’s. With a fairly minimal presentation of staging, design, and costumes, one actress says getting into character is still a challenge.
“It’s a different role for me because I’ve never played a character of the opposite gender,” said Campbell Dougherty.
“I like the challenge and it’s great because it helps me be more expressive in my acting because to be a nine year-old, you have to be expressive,” added Dougherty.
Theater Director Cody Riker explained, it’s a story with heart.
“What’s great about what these kids have done is they’ve truly turned it from a story about Grover’s Corner’s New Hampsire, but it’s truly about Elmira today as well.”
With the character’s composition and style, and setting relatively simple, the actors feel it’s a story that needs to be told.
The play is not about fancy things. Rather, the simplicity of the story, is what it’s all about.
“The great thing about our town is that it’s all about the simplicity,” said Riker. He added, “Our Town” is about people. It’s not about props. It’s not about extravagant sets. It’s not even about extravagant costumes. It’s all about acting. It’s all about the people.”
Opening night is this Friday, March 22 in the auditorium at Notre Dame High School. There will be another showing Saturday, March 23.
Tickets wil be available for purchase in-person only at Notre Dame High School starting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.