'Our Town' has hometown angle
Tabor College Theater Department will present the play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder as part of homecoming festivities.
“Our Town” paints a picture of small-town life — the good, the bad, the humorous, and the beautiful.
“Though it’s set in the early 1900s, I think many will recognize these characters,” theater director Laurel Koerner said. “What is true of small-town life is also true of the play: There is beauty in its simplicity.”
The production has a Tabor twist to it: an original musical score composed by professor of choral music Brad Vogel, who serves as musical director for the play.
“Typically the music would be done a capella by the choir,” Koerner said. “Music is an important part of Tabor, so we wanted to make it part of the show.”
The score draws threads from old hymns for several of the scenes. Koerner hopes the familiar music will reinforce the play’s ability to connect with audience memories.
“A simple tune can transport us to another time in our lives, and with a deft stroke it can accompany so many memories,” Koerner said. “I’m really interested in the power of memory and the power of music to connect us to those memories.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium. Ticket prices are for adults, $12, for students, $8, and $4 for Tabor students. For tickets call (620) 947-3121, ext. 1033.
Last modified Oct. 16, 2014