Guilford Center Stage returns after a 3-year intermission with a production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, at the Broad Brook Community Center in Guilford. Performances are Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Ian Hefele directs a cast from the tri-state region.
A theatrical groundbreaker when it debuted in 1938, Our Town was written at the nearby MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, and the town of Grover’s Corners in the play is based upon that locale.
Among the innovative features of the play is Wilder’s use of a central character, the Stage Manager, who communicates directly to the audience, and both move the action along and interrupt it with commentary. Jennifer Gagnon plays this pivotal role.
Others in the cast, in order of appearance, are Randy Lichtenwalner, Oliver Bolz, Lesley Malouin, Tara Sabino, Julie Holland, Archer Holland, Amiliah, Owen Malouin, Magdalena Keppel, Aaron Morse, Charlie Morse, Terry Carter, Beverly Langveld, Bob Tucker and Gregory.
This is the theater group’s tenth show since its founding in 2015 and resumes a twice-a-year production schedule, now in the renovated and fully-accessible building, complete with a new elevator from the ground floor up to the theater space.
Broad Brook Community Center is at 3940 Guilford Center Road. General Admission is $12 at the door, by cash or check. Advance tickets, for which a credit card may be used, are available online: bpt.me/5769579.