For the News
LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School actors will take on Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” this weekend.
The show, which depicts the everyday lives of the people in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., between 1901 and 1913, is broken up into three acts: the first depicting daily life, the second focusing on love and marriage, and the final dealing with death and eternity.
Director Brenden Gotham said Lake Placid will be staying true the minimalist feel that is traditional to the play, with only a very basic set, little color and plain costumes.
Gotham chose the play because he said that after three consecutive years of comedies, he decided that this year’s senior class needs the experience of performing a drama.
Though he said he was not a huge fan of the show when he started the process, “It’s turned out really well, and the kids are going a great job doing a drama,” Gotham said.
The cast is a nice mix, made of up a good core of seniors, a few freshman, some sophomores and a group of strong juniors, he said.
He called this year’s senior class very dedicated.
“It’s been nice to work with them for four years,” Gotham said.
Senior Emily Sheft, who was in last year’s performance of “Learned Ladies,” said it’s been a challenge to find the serious side of being an actor — focusing when the scene gets serious. She said it will be interesting to see the difference in audience reactions to the drama, which she expects will make the audience feel sadness if it’s done right, as compared to the comedies she’s worked on in the past.
She also said it was difficult to learn the more complex language that is specific to that time period.
But she still said she’s enjoying working on the show, which she wasn’t familiar with before being cast in it.
“I like it,” Sheft said. “It’s different from what we’ve done.”
Gotham, an English teacher, said he hasn’t taught the script in his classes in a while and many Lake Placid students aren’t familiar with it.
“So that made me want to do it for our school even more,” Gotham said.
The play runs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for students.
Friday night’s performance comes with the option of a pre-show spaghetti dinner for an additional $5 to benefit the school’s drama club and scholarship fund. Dinner begins at 5 p.m.
Lake Placid High School actors will take on Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Above, Emily Sheft, Joan O’Leary and Jenna McGreevy rehearse on Tuesday, with Tony Miller and Lucy Mitchell on ladders in the background. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. Additional photos of the dress rehearsal also can be found at cu.lakeplacidnews.com.
Photo/Richard Rosentreter/Lake Placid News