Algonquin students to bring ‘Our Town’ to our town

by susan on April 12, 2013

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Above: Algonquin students celebrate 75 years of Our Town (photo via Facebook)

Seventy-five years after its Broadway opening, Algonquin students next month will bring Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town to the stage. As a play about small-town America, director and Algonquin English teacher Tom Alera hopes to expand the experience by drawing connections with our small town in America. To do it he’s looking for help from the community. Here’s more.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the original Broadway production of the great American play, Our Town, by Thornton Wilder. To honor this event, Algonquin Regional High School will produce the play on May 1st – May 4th. We will also connect with the Northborough and Southborough towns to see what was happening 75 years ago as well as 113 years ago (since the play takes place in 1901).

We would love your help and ideas – Can you think how you might become involved? Do you have any pictures from 75 years ago? Any family members who remember Northborough or Southborough in 1938? Or, maybe you just might want to help out with this exciting event and production?

As Director of the play, I think Our Town speaks to all of us about our place in the world, the value of our time here, and the importance of understanding what matters most. This year especially, the production will be designed and staged in a “theater of the round” – A first for Algonquin Regional HS and a powerful way to remind us that we are all connected in some way.

With a cast of over 25 – we look forward to your help and ideas for Our Town. And, don’t forget to “like” and “share” our Facebook Page.

Tom Alera

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