GHHS opens 'Our Town' tonight

Grand Haven High School's presentation of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town' will feature a novel twist.
May 20, 2011


Normally, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is presented on an almost bare stage with most of the actions presented in pantomime, according to Rita McLary, director of the GHHS production. However, the GHHS production will be performed arena style — with the audience surrounding the stage. This intimate setting within the high school’s Performing Arts Center will allow the audience the unique experience of seeing the actors close at hand, McLary said.

The play will be performed today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

McLary said the decision to perform the classic play in arena style was based on two reasons.

“High school actors rarely get the chance to perform in the round,” she said. “This provides an educational opportunity for the students who are used to performing in our traditional auditorium. But this is also an opportunity for the audience, because I believe that being up close to the actors will help the audience connect to the message of the play.”

Tickets for the play will be available at the door at $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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