About OUR TOWN

"Our Town: A Reflection of Life's Simplicity and Beauty" Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" is often hailed as a classic of American theater, and for good reason. Set in the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, the play takes audiences on a journey through the seemingly mundane lives of its characters, highlighting the beauty and significance in everyday moments. Although it was first performed in 1938, Wilder's exploration of human existence and the universal themes it touches upon still resonate with audiences today. The play begins in the year 1901 and spans over a decade, presenting three acts that depict different stages of life: daily routines, love and marriage, and death and the afterlife. Through its minimalistic stage design and absence of props, the play aims to strip away any distractions and focuses solely on the actors and their words. This creates a unique intimacy between the audience and the characters, allowing for a deeper connection and understanding of their experiences. The central message of "Our Town" revolves around appreciating the simplicity of life and cherishing the present moment. The character of the Stage Manager serves as a narrator and guide throughout the play, often breaking the fourth wall and addressing the audience directly. This character emphasizes the transience of existence and encourages spectators to take notice of the small, ordinary moments that make up their lives. Wilder's play also examines the theme of love and marriage, illustrating how these relationships shape individuals and communities. The courtship and eventual marriage of Emily Webb and George Gibbs become a focal point of the story, showcasing the hopes, dreams, and challenges that love presents. Through their experiences, the play delves into the universal struggles of balancing personal desires with societal expectations. Perhaps one of the most poignant and memorable aspects of "Our Town" is its portrayal of death and the afterlife. In the final act, Emily, who has passed away, revisits her life before eventually choosing to return to the world of the living. This powerful scene serves as a reminder to appreciate every moment, as life is fleeting and often taken for granted. "Our Town" has been performed countless times around the world and continues to captivate audiences with its timeless themes. Its ability to find beauty in the ordinary and remind viewers of the preciousness of life transcends time and remains deeply poignant. The play serves as a reminder to slow down, be present, and appreciate the simplicity and beauty that surrounds us each day. In essence, "Our Town" is a celebration of the human experience. It invites us to reflect on our own lives, the relationships we forge, and the impact we have on others. By stripping away the extraneous, the play compels audiences to ponder the profound significance of everyday moments, forever altering our perception of what it truly means to live.

ACCOLADES

  • Winner! 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Winner! 1989 Tony Award for Best Revival
    Winner! 1989 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival

 

Summit Hill Players

WELCOME TO SUMMIT HILL PLAYERS!!

IM ROLLIN R. DEVERE III. MY FAMILY HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY THEATER SINCE 1930! THEY WERE PARAMOUNT IN THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CHAGRIN VALLEY LITTLE THEATER IN CHAGRIN FALLS OHIO. A PLACE NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART. AND THEATRE IS DEFINITELY IN MY BLOOD.

SUMMIT HILL PLAYERS IS MY NEW VENTURE. A NOT-FOR-PROFIT THEATRE COMPANY DEDICATED TO PRODUCING THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES THAT ARE UNIQUELY AMBITIOUS, INTIMATE, AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE NORTHERN OHIO THEATRICAL COMMUNITY. THIS IS ABOUT COLLABORATION WITH A POSITIVE OUTCOME. DO YOU HAVE A PLAY IN MIND YOU WANT TO PRODUCE, DIRECT, PLAY A PART IN? LET'S GET IT DONE! LET'S SELECT A PLAY, RAISE SOME FUNDS, AND FIND A LOCAL THEATER OR OTHER VENUE TO PERFORM IT! THAT'S HOW IT WORKS AT SUMMIT HILL PLAYERS THEATRICAL COMPANY!!
 


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