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Fremont Community Theatre to bring 'Our Town' to life

Anonymous • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM


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• WHAT: “Our Town”

• WHEN: 8 p.m. Oct. 7-8, 14-15; 2 p.m. Oct. 9 & 16

• WHERE: Fremont Community Theatre, 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont

• COST: $12/adult, $10/seniors and students

• INFO: 419-332-0695

“It’s an American classic. If you’ve never seen it, you should,” said “Our Town” director Jan Wilcox about Thornton Wilder’s classic play, which is performed by Fremont Community Theatre Oct. 7-9 and 14-16.

Somebody is going to recognize somebody else — whether it be one of the 24-plus cast members from Fremont and surrounding small towns or one of the many lovable, irascible, nosy or annoying characters in “Our Town.”

Wilder wanted to immortalize a day in the life of a small town — in this case, Grover’s Corners —  as it was at the turn of the last century. The author suggests a minimal set so as not to overpower the progression of the tale of life from birth to death. Don’t despair, though: even in death, the characters are there to guide and educate the living and newly deceased.

The cast members range in age from 11 to 75 years old, encompassing the broad spectrum of life stages from childhood to twilight. Being a teacher, Wilcox is accustomed to children and has directed, assisted, run lights and played keyboard, which qualify her to manage a large cast of all ages. “Our Town” is one of her favorite plays.

“(I) love the show, love the message,” she said. “We all take life for granted.”

“Our Town” won the Pulitzer Prize and was widely acclaimed when it first appeared on Broadway in 1938. One of the more poignant, eye-opening moments of the show is toward the end, when one of the deceased characters gets to revisit one ordinary day in her life.

As it dawns on her how precious life is and how quickly it passes, she delivers the oft quoted line “Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you,” spoken before but still very much akin to Dorothy Gale’s final proclamation: “There’s no place like home.”

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