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Horlick Theater Arts Presents: Our Town

10/23/2017

Only a few pieces of scenery dot the stage. A ladder represents the second floor of a house. A bare stage has become synonymous with “Our Town,” the Thornton Wilder American classic play set in the early 1900s in small town New Hampshire.

“Part of what makes ‘Our Town’ so wonderful is that the stage is practically bare,” says Kate Kowbel of Horlick Theatre Arts and the play’s director. “While the costumes are realistic for the era, the emphasis in ‘Our Town’ is on acting and emotions.”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play begins with a stage manager walking on stage and setting the scene, “The date is May 7, 1901 just before dawn.” Act I is called “Daily Life”, Act II is “Marriage and Love”, and Act III is “Death”. By the time 12 years pass in Grovers Corners, N.H., and the performance draws to a close, the characters have made discoveries about the ordinary and extraordinary days that comprise every life. 

“I think ‘Our Town’ appeals to every generation,” Kowbel says. “It looks at daily life, love, death and eternity. Thornton Wilder writes about two families and their life experiences in the early 1900s. “The hearts and souls of these characters is what’s important. The love and tragedy that the characters experience is the same as we experience today and will live long into the future.”

Throughout the play, the stage manager (portrayed by Logan Munoz) will turn to the audience and ask them to reflect on how they feel about what they have seen take place on the stage. 

“Anyone who sees ‘Our Town’ recognizes something about themselves in the script,” Kowbel continued. “This is a script that still speaks to audiences long after they leave the
theater.”

The production will be performed on Nov. 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. All performances will occur in the Joseph L. Mooney Theatre at Horlick High School, 2119 Rapids Drive, Racine. The theatre is handicapped accessible, please call 262-619-4300 for assistance. Single tickets for OUR TOWN are $8 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and $5 for students. RUSD staff receive two complimentary tickets with ID. Group rates are also available. All performances are reserved seating, with doors opening thirty minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets are available for purchase in advance online at www.seatyourself.biz/horlick. Tickets will also be on sale at the theatre beginning forty-five minutes before performances--cash and check accepted only. For more information, please call Horlick Theater Arts at 262-619-4366.