About Our Town
The Stage Manager welcomes the audience into the theater as he introduces the people and places of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Grover’s Corners is the perfect picture of an American town before urbanization – automobiles are a novelty, everyone is up in each other's business, and milk is still delivered fresh every morning. After an overview of the town, the Stage Manager zeroes in on two neighboring families: the Gibbs family and the Webb family. Each household has two children (a boy and a girl). We witness some childish interactions between Emily Webb and George Gibbs. The two are friends.
By the second act, three years have passed, and friendship has blossomed into love. George and Emily are about to get married. The Stage Manager isn’t particularly thrilled; he says few weddings are interesting. We are taken back to the day when Emily and George first vocalized their mutual interest over strawberry ice cream sodas.
The third act takes place in the town cemetery. Emily has died in childbirth, and she joins other deceased members of Grover’s Corners. As soon as the funeral is over, Emily realizes that she can relive her life, and decides to return to the morning of her twelfth birthday – despite warnings from her fellow dead that it’s a terrible idea. Emily soon realizes that they’re correct. Death has brought Emily a heightened awareness of life; it is too painful for Emily to watch living people who take their time for granted. Emily returns to the cemetery where George is crying over her grave.
Sock and Buskin, the Greek names of the happy and sad theatre faces, is the official name of the Madison-Grant drama club. Drama Club was re-launched last year after being absent from the MG landscape for about half a decade. Theatre programs, whether in the community, a school, or elsewhere seem to create an environment where individuals from all backgrounds find common ground and are able to create something amazing. Sock and Buskin is no exception. Many students involved in the production of Our Town are involved in other activities at MG, but some devote all their attention to the stage.
The majority of the cast of Our Town are on the stage for only the second time, for others this is just one show in a long resume of performances. I'm excited to have shared this experience with them. Thank you for supporting all our students, whether on stage or behind the scenes. I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic of theatre as we transport you to our created reality, in the small New England town of Grovers Corner.