"Our Town" Coming to Stage 9

Thursday, January 04, 2018

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STAGE 9 Welcomes You to OUR TOWN – January 21 & 22, 2017

Hutchinson, Kan. – Stage 9 opens its 2017 season with a special production of the classic drama by Thornton Wilder, Our Town. Stage 9 presents a staged reading of the classic Our Town for two performances only, Saturday, January 21 at 7:30  p.m. and Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be at the theatre at 9 S. Main, Hutchinson, Kansas.

Bringing Our Town to life once again in this one-weekend only production, Stage 9 will visit the residents of Grover’s Corners between the years 1901 to 1913. This American masterpiece of the stage is framed around Emily Webb and George Gibbs when their romance blossoms among a town of colorful characters. And, in a twist that left the American Theatre changed forever, we get the rare opportunity to look at life after death. Stage 9 revisits this Pulitzer Prize Winning American classic for another look at its timeless themes which touch the human spirit as no other play can.

Our Town follows the lives of Emily, George, their families and other denizens of Grover’s Corners as they experience life’s day-to-day activities. Throughout the play, the Stage Manager directs us to various time periods in this town for glimpses of life, love, and death. Wilder makes us aware of the importance of relationships and staying connected. He points to the fleeting existence we all share on earth and encourages us to live in the moment and not take life for granted.

Our Town is directed by Stage 9 Producing Artistic Director Charles Johnston. The cast of Our Town includes Joel Perkins, Katy Carlin, Jackson Swearer, Amy Thompson, Dell Marie Shanahan Swearer, Jason Probst, Jocelyn Woodson, Alice Jane Hayes, Bob Colladay, Sarah Winkler, Nick Kennedy, Anita Poovey, Ellen McCarley, Jo Stropes and Lindsey Fields.

Performances for Our Town will occur Saturday, January 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The ticket price for this special event is $20. Children under 8 are not permitted. All seating is general admission. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To check performance availability, please contact Stage 9 by email at info@stage9hutch.com or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).   

Our Town is presented with special permission by Samuel French, Inc.  All seating is general admission.

For more information about Our Town, auditions or to schedule interviews with the director, contact Charles Johnston at 646-628-4353 or charles@stage9hutch.com.  You may also contact Johnston for information about program advertising or sponsorship for Stage 9’s 2017 Season.

Memberships for the 2017 season are now available for patrons wishing to contribute to the ongoing success of Stage 9. Memberships may be purchased online at www.stage9hutch.com or by contacting Producing Artistic Director Charles A. Johnston at charles@stage9hutch.com or 646-628-4353.

Stage 9’s mission is to excite minds, move hearts, and change lives through theatrical performance, arts education, and live entertainment in Hutchinson, Reno County, and south central Kansas.  A 501(c)3 organization, Stage 9 strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression, specifically focused on ages 18 and up.  At home at 9 S. Main in downtown Hutchinson, Stage 9’s 2017 Season features Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, the hard-hitting modern drama Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rebecca Feldman, a musical comedy about an eclectic group of pubescent spellers, Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple (Female Version) pitting polar opposite roommates, a staged reading of The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman that examines the tragedy of the murder of Matthew Shepard, the groundbreaking musical Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz, a loose retelling of the Gospel story,  Stage 9’s haunting annual fundraiser Talking Tombstones, and the romantic tales of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine.

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