The Stage Manager, played by Noah Woxland, guides the story of Groverís Corners, New Hampshire.
Photos by Melanie Dobson
By Ruth Hanson and Melanie Dobson
It was a happy Tuesday afternoon last week when a fairly thin group of white headed mostly women gathered in the auditorium on Triton High School to watch a play..."Our Town."
When they left, three acts and two hours later, they were still happy. They had enjoyed their time together.
The one character in the play that they would probably never forget was Noah Woxland. He sat in a wheel chair as he played The Stage Manager and was on the stage much of the time. This crucial character had the power to communicate directly to the audience, but also could interact with the other characters. The play was performed with a minimal set on a mostly bare stage for three acts. Yes, there was pantomime. The bare stage puts the focus on the people.
It was amazing and captivating. And the characters made it work. The young actors showed depth and maturity beyond their years in telling the story
The audience watched carefully as the story of an American small town named Grover's Corners in the years from 1901 to 1913 moved across the stage.
The play tells the story of teenagers falling in love over the course of the first two acts. The third act, as you might have guessed, has a heart warming wedding scene. But, as in real life, there was tragedy too.
"The show blends humor and light-hearted events with thought-provoking inspiring moments," director, Anne Schreiber said.
"I enjoy how each act has a different tone," Noah Woxland said, "It gives the play a nice variety and helps enforce the overall theme."