Winnsboro Center for the Arts Presents "Our Town"
WINNSBORO - The Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) is pleased to be part of the 75th Anniversary celebration of Thornton Wilder's classic, "Our Town," and will have performances the first two weekends in April. Show times will be at 7p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 5, 6, 12, and 13, with Sunday Matinees at 2p.m. on April 6 and 7.
"This is a wonderful show that many of my players have been asking to do for some time," says Maryann Miller, the director. "The story has a lot of layers, and what happens throughout could be snapshots of any small town anywhere in the country."
Another reason the show was chosen for production was to honor the 10th Anniversary of Winnsboro being named a Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission. "We originally planned to try to open the weekend of the Main Street celebration," Miller says. "But rehearsals could not start soon enough to get the show ready, and we did not want to come to the stage unprepared."
"Our Town" was written 75 years ago and is a play in three acts that follow a life's timeline. We are born and grow up, we marry and perhaps raise a family, and then we die. These are all serious topics, but Wilder presents them in a very matter-of-fact way and there is nothing morbid about the story. The Stage Manager, played by the talented John Milligan of Winnsboro, addresses the audience frequently throughout the show, sort of like the "chorus" in Shakespeare's plays.
Talented Young Players featured in the play are Olivia Pruitt, who plays the lead of Emily, and Hunter Williams, who plays George Gibbs. They are both products of the Summer Youth Drama Camp held at WCA every year and have developed into outstanding performers. So, too, has Thomas Hulme, a Young Player who was voted Best Actor in the County Line's Best-Of contest last January, and Kennedie Williams, who blossomed in last year's camp. "I am so proud of these young players," Miller says. "It is such a thrill as a director to see the light bulb go off for these kids and they get what acting is all about."
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and can be purchased at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at The Winnsboro Emporium, 316 N Main St, Winnsboro, 6 days a week from 10 to 8p.m., or at the WCA offices, 200 Market Street, which are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 to 2p.m. Tickets are good for any performance and seating is not assigned. For reservations for large groups call Maryann Miller at 903-365-7585 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winnsboro Center for the Arts was established in 2001 as a rural community arts center to foster visual, literary, and performing arts. It is housed in an historic building in downtown Winnsboro and is run entirely by volunteers and supported by donations. WCA is dedicated to embracing the spirit of creativity, thereby enriching the lives of the residents of a five-county area in rural East Texas. The goal is to become a vibrant, energizing resource for those wishing to experience and develop talents in creative expression in the arts.