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Themes of life and death resonate in ‘Our Town’

October 23, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

The joys and pains of life will be brought into crisp clarity as Davis & Elkins College Division of Fine and Performing Arts presents Thornton Wilder's classic "Our Town" for two weekends in the Boiler House Theatre.

Shows are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday and Oct. 31-Nov. 2, all at 8 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the door. For more information, call the Davis & Elkins College Box Office at 304-637-1255 or email

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Michael Good as George Gibbs and Cassidy Dickens as Emily Webb rehearse for the Davis & Elkins College production of “Our Town.” The show will run for two weekends, Thursday through Saturday and Oct. 31-Nov. 2, all at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the door. For more information, call the Davis & Elkins College Box Office at 304-637-1255 or email

Wilder's "Our Town" won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize and continues to be an enduring staple of American drama. Director K.B. Saine, assistant professor of theatre at Davis & Elkins College, describes the show as "a timeless play with an enduring message of the importance of appreciating every moment in life."

Set in turn of the century Grover's Corner, N.H., the play follows the two prominent families in the town - the Gibbs and Webbs - along with those they interact with as they work, keep house, go to school, marry and die.

Serving the key role of stage manager is Carly Sable, a senior from Alexandria, Va.

The Webb family is made up of Bradley Carter, a junior from Nelson County, Va., as Mr. Webb; Sarah Satterwhite, a senior from Farmington, as Mrs. Webb; Cassidy Dickens, a sophomore from Sutton, as Emily Webb; and Jordan Goux, a fifth-grader from Third Ward Elementary School, as Wally Webb.

The Gibbs family is made up of Andrew Carroll, a sophomore from Bunker Hill, playing Dr. Gibbs; Ashley Collins, a junior from Arthurdale, as Mrs. Gibbs; Michael Good, a junior from Elkins, as George Gibbs; and Rachel White, a freshman from Thomas, as Rebecca Gibbs.

Rounding out the cast are Owen Peet, a sophomore from Greencastle, Pa., as Professor Willard; Josh McGlothlin, a junior from Council, Va., as Constable Warren; Glen Smakula a junior at Elkins High School, as Howie Newsome; Patrick Christ, a freshman from Hydes, Md., as Joe Crowell; Jacob Currence, a freshman from Dailey, as Simon Stimson; Bridget Eckhardt, a senior from Silver Spring, Md., as Mrs. Soames; Andrew Merritt, a junior from Baltimore, Md., as Si Crowell; Mike Paratore, a senior from Rochester, N.Y., as Sam Craig; Scotty Leach, a sophomore from Centralia, Wa., as Joe Stoddard; Jenny Armstrong, a freshman from Kingwood, as Lady In A Box; Mowunmi Olowofoyeku, a junior from Kennesa, Ga., as Belligerent Man at the Back of the Auditorium; Sara Davenport, a sophomore from Spencer, as the Artistic Lady; Alex Binkley, a senior from Stafford, Va., as 1st Dead Woman/Choir Member/Wedding Guest; Millie Omps, a senior from Slanesville, as 2nd Dead Woman/Choir Member/Wedding Guest; and Alex White, a junior from New Castle, Va., as Dead Woman/Choir Member/Wedding Guest. Sound effects for the show are provided by Foley Folks, Ashlen Wilson, a junior from Elkins, and Heather Kelley a freshman from Mt. Nebo.

Saine stated that "this process has been a true joy. This is my first production at Davis & Elkins, and theatre students, general education students, athletes, and local citizens have all come together to tell this special and heartwarming story. The talent and dedication we all get to experience each night in rehearsal is a daily reaffirmation of the themes of the play: that every person, every moment, and every experience is special and precious and holds great value."

The Davis & Elkins College Theatre Program offers courses in theatre and theatre production designed to provide students with knowledge of and experience in an art form which has played a key role in cultural history and contemporary society. Three options are available to students working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree: Theatre Arts, Design & Technical Theatre or Theatre Education. The Theatre Arts program prepares and presents three to five main stage productions and three to five student-directed studio productions every year.

For more information, please visit the D&E website at or call 304-637-1243.



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