WEATHER CHANGE: Opening night rescheduled — Darien High School presents ‘Our Town’

Stella Meier and Nick Giotis rehearsing for ‘Our Town. ‘

Due to the impending weather and the school district decision to cancel afterschool and evening activities, the Thursday evening Theatre 308 performance of Our Town has been rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets purchased for Thursday will be honored for the Saturday 2 p.m. show.

There are a limited number of additional seats available for this performance. They can be purchased on Seatyourself.com/theatre308. 

As a reminder,  please note that late seating is not possible due to the onstage seating arrangement for this production. Thank you.

Darien High School’s Theatre 308 honors the 80th anniversary of the premiere of Our Town with a production of Thornton Wilder’s classic American play. Set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, at the turn of the 20th Century — but still resonant with a modern-day audience — Our Town explores life, death, love, and all that goes unnoticed.

DHS senior Grady Allen, who plays the Stage Manager, suggested that Our Town is more relevant now than ever. “In an incredibly digital age, we aren’t necessarily taking time to look at the subtle moments of life, and I think Our Town is a truly unique experience that will make viewers aware of even the smallest moments of life that are probably getting glossed over by distractions in 2018.”

The director of the play, Andrew Rejan, added, “Our Town is about the larger questions that are present in our lives but that we sometimes don’t face directly. In particular, the play is about what it means to be present and really notice ourselves, other people, the world around us — about how easily human beings can get absorbed in routine and lose sight of the bigger picture.”

While honoring Wilder’s words and vision, the students of Theatre 308 have worked to develop a fresh, vital interpretation of the play. Elizabeth Kelley, who plays Emily Webb, commented, “Re-interpreting a classic such as Our Town shows how we can use the experiences and stories of our past to shape our awareness of the future.”

Rejan also said that although the play is one of the most commonly performed in high schools, he wants to make it more unique by bringing back the magic and life into it by creating it as a piece that is “experimental, resonant, and as relevant now as it was when it was written 80 years ago.”

This production will make use of a special on-stage seating arrangement that will immerse audience members in the storytelling. “It’s an unconventional style of theater in the way that we’re presenting it,” said Theatre 308 President James Cherico. “It’s definitely more of a communal sense. The way we’re doing it in a black box style makes it intimate.”

Rejan’s favorite part about directing the play is watching how the students make their own meaning and connection to the play. The story is dense and thought provoking, but students are collaborating in teaching one another about the play, putting responsibility on the actors on how they’ll choose to interpret these characters.

In addition to the 19 actors in the cast, the play features the work of dozens of students who have designed costumes, sets, sound and lighting. Performances will take place Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the DHS auditorium.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Tickets are available online at seatyourself.biz/theatre308 or, subject to availability, at the door prior to each show. Due to the special on-stage seating for this production, ticket availability is limited. For more information, visit theatre308.org. Theatre 308 also can be found on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook.