Our Town to hit High Country
"There's not a day passes that this play isn't being performed somewhere in the world," director Charlie Ellis said.
And, starting May 7, the High Country gets to be a part of the 73-year-old phenomenon, thanks to Blue Ridge Community Theater.
Thornton Wilder's Our Town hits the Valborg Stage and its director, Ellis, couldn't be more excited to show the High Country what it's all about.
"We have really tried to stick with the original concept," he said.
The play, set in a New Hampshire village in 1901, embodies a small town aspect people in the High Country can relate to, he said.
"All those people that you expect to encounter in a typical day in our town [Boone or Blowing Rock], they're all right there," Ellis said.
What sets the production apart from other presentations of Our Town is its cast.
"The cast is very, very eclectic in terms of age, stage experience and backgrounds," Ellis said. "It is really, I think, very representative of a community theatre cast. We literally have people who will be on stage for the first time. We have people who have been there numerous times. The age range in terms of cast members goes from 11 to 68."
The cast includes ASU university professors and community members, working together to create the story, he said.
Ellis has directed Our Town before, but never with BRCT.
The set itself is very minimal. The story takes place in a 1930s theatre.
"There is no set," he said. "Literally, when you see the opening of this play you will see a bare stage and no set."
But, as the scene commences, the story will take you to the heart of the small town.
Performances are May 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 9.
Can't resist the urge to jump on stage yourself?
Auditions for Blue Ridge Community Theater's next production, Willy Wonka, based on childhood classic, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," are at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Harvest House on Boone Heights Drive, next to the Boone Bowling Center. Performances start July 30. Interested actors should prepare 16 bars of a song, bring a background CD and be ready for a cold script reading.
For more information on Blue Ridge Community Theater, visit http://www.brctnc.org/.