<img class="size-full wp-image-13517 alignleft lazyload" src="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ourtown.jpg" alt="ourtown" width="495" height="250" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ourtown.jpg 495w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ourtown-300x152.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 495px) 100vw, 495px" />The Bishop O’Dowd High School Drama Department’s fall production will be Our Town, by Thornton Wilder. Auditions will be held after school on August 21, 22, and 23, with a final callback audition August 25.
A three-act play, Our Town tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.
Throughout, Wilder uses meta-theatrical devices, setting the play in the actual theatre where it is being performed. One of the main characters is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles. The play is performed without a set on a mostly bare stage. With a few exceptions, the actors pantomime actions without the use of props.
Our Town was first performed at The McCarter Theatre in Princeton in 1938. It later went on to success on Broadway and on film and television and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It remains popular today and revivals are frequent.
The O’Dowd production will open November 10 and play two weekends, closing on November 19. Ticket order forms will be available for printing via the drama page on the school website.
For questions, email Dennis Kohles.