FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2018 PRESS CONTACTS Okemos High School Theatre Department Chad DeKatch, Director, 517-282-2013, firstname.lastname@example.org OKEMOS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PRESENTS The Thornton Wilder Classic OUR TOWN The Okemos High School Theatre is proud to present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning OUR TOWN, for a special 4 show run. A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. We follow the Gibbs and Webb families during twelve years of life changes. Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, as well as the other residents of Grover’s Corners, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. Director Chad DeKatch says ,"The thing best known about the show is it calls for minimal set, few props, and a lot of pantomime. This makes producing aspects of the show a bit easier, but the intent is to display beauty in simplicity. Thornton Wilder uses the device of pantomime to force the audience to notice the mundane, everyday activities the actors perform. You pay attention when you see actors eating breakfast without actual flatware or food. One of my favorite scenes in the show is between Emily and her mother. Emily is asking for assurance about her appearance while the two of them string imaginary beans. It would be easy to say this scene is about a mother and daughter doing housework and talking about being pretty, but that’s a shallow interpretation. You see, a life isn’t built just by major events, huge rocks tossed into a river. A life is formed in the ripples of tiny pebbles, by thousands of interactions with hundreds of people, by humdrum moments spent with those we love, by conversations over string beans." In this story, Wilder suggests we not look back for the “good old days”, but rather assume we are living them now, an act which at times can be difficult. To that end, the Okemos Theater Department is offering free heat and a snow free seat with the purchase of every ticket, to help get through these “dog days” of winter. Performances Dates and Times: February 8, 9, 10 @ 7:00 PM February 11 @ 2:30 PM Okemos High School Auditorium, 2800 Jolly Road, Okemos, MI Tickets can be purchased at www.okemospresents.net or at the door on performance night. Prices are: $10 adults and $5 seniors, students, children.