2008-10-23 / Happenings

KCC theatre group plans production of 'Our Town'

The Kirtland Community College Community Theatre group is busy preparing for the April, 2009, production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Our Town," and will soon announce when open auditions will be scheduled in late January.

"This will be one of the largest productions the Kirtland Community Theatre has performed," said Jerry Werle, who will direct the show. "The three-act play requires a cast of 25 actors and actresses,ranging in age from 11 to 65, some to play more than one role, and a small choir of at least six singers.

"We also need several people for our production crew of stage hands, sound and light technicians, make-up and properties technicians, and costumers," Werle added. "In particular, we're looking for folks to help us find or make costumes from the early 1900s."

The popular play, first performed in 1938, takes place in the mythical small town of Grover's Corners, NH.

"The play has a timeless quality and the events of the plot are transformed into universal experiences," said Don Wray, director of the Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts. "We're sure there are many people in our area who have seen, heard about or participated in this wonderful play, and who'd like to become involved in its production here."

Wray said open auditions for the 25-member cast will be scheduled for the end of January, with the play set to be performed April 16-18, 2009, at the KCPA. People interested in volunteering for the production crew may contact Wray by calling 989-275-5000, extension 261, or via e-mail at wrayd@kirtland.edu.

Those interested in volunteering as part of the production crew may attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the center.

For information on the Kirtland Community Theatre group and updates on the "Our Town" production, call the KCPA office at 275-5000, extension 397, or visit http://kirtland.edu/theatre.

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