‘Our Town’ production supports theater camp

Theater in the Woods Vermont Co. kicks off its third season with a workshop presentation of Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece of small town life, “Our Town,” in Tinmouth April 15 and Castleton April 21-22.

The nonprofit theater group runs two sessions of summer day camps in July for children ages 7 through 16 in Middletown Springs. Proceeds from ticket sales for the upcoming shows will support the camp scholarship fund.

First on stage in Princeton, N.J., in 1938, the beloved Wilder play enjoyed a long run on Broadway. “Our Town” has endured as a staple of community theater companies ever since due to its popular themes of the stability of traditions and family, the steadfastness of the natural environment, and the transience of human life.

“We are approaching ‘Our Town’ with a modern specificity that emphasizes its timelessness,” said Theater in the Woods staff member Megan Bouchard who is directing the workshop. “We’re stepping outside of some of the play’s traditions, which allows us all to make deeper connections to the universality of this masterpiece. It has been an honor to explore this play with these brave, talented actors.”

The cast is composed entirely of Rutland county residents and it will be presented in two venues: the Old Tinmouth Firehouse and the Federated Church of Castleton.

Showtimes: Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at the Old Tinmouth Firehouse; Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Federated Church of Castleton.

Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children.

Information: theaterinthewoodsvt.org.

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