Advanced Drama showcased the performance of “Our Town” in Room 601 on two dates, Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1, both starting at 7:00 p.m.
Own Town consists of three acts by a famous American playwright, Thornton Wilder with the style of romance. In the first act, the play portrays daily life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire in the 1900’s.
The main characters include George Gibbs, a doctor’s son, and Emily Webb, the daughter of a newspaper editor. There is very little scenery and props throughout the play. As the play progresses to the last two acts, the audience is able to see a deeper meaning of the characters’ lives.
Two actors and actresses play George and Emily in order to evoke a sense of a passing of time. Gabriel Jimenez and Isabel Yao play George and Emily, respectively, in both the first and second acts. Samuel Thorn and Michelle Leong were George and Emily in the third act.
George and Emily have known each other since they were very young. As they grew older, they had a strong affection towards each other and eventually they decided to get married. Before their marriage, however, there was a situation where George and Emily were uncertain of wanting to grow up.
In the last act, most of the townspeople have passed away and not many people are around Grover’s Corners anymore. When Emily visits her relatives, she realizes that she doesn’t want to be where they are. Emily wants to be happy like she used to be.
When her ghost travels back to one of her past birthdays, the setting of daily life and routine is brought back to the play. Later, she has to return which leads to the theme of the play: appreciate life to its fullest and enjoy the simple pleasures.
Overall, the performance rang in perspectives of life and attendees were able to learn how to appreciate from both the simple stage play and plot.
This article was written by Jackie Zhang. It was published in the Temple City Voice on December 19, 2007.