THEATER

New Frontier's 'Our Town' opens at College of the Siskiyous

Paul Boerger
“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder features, left to right, Peter Beoris as the Stage Manager, Josh Nile as George Gibbs and Liz Henson as Emily Webb. Using sparse props and sets, the play follows the people of a small town from 1901 to 1913. The Stage Manager is the central figure in the play, speaking directly to the audience as the narrator and playing multiple roles.

New Frontier Theatre's production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Our Town" is scheduled to open at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23, in College of the Siskiyous' Kenneth Ford Theatre.

Beginning with a typical day in 1901 in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, all seems well in a place and time when life is simple.

Written in 1938, the play spans the years 1901 to 1913. There are few sets, and actors mime the props. All is not as it seems in the town, and by the third act a very different Grover’s Corners and style of play emerges.

Director Bill Counts (“Straight Camp” and “The Producers”) calls the play "an American classic."

“It’s about a small town and is pertinent to our little town,” Counts said. “It’s about interactions with people rather than possessions, to get to know and love each other. In this electronic age, we forget about people. The play is a reminder to love each other.”

Counts points to lines by the Stage Manager, the character who narrates the play, that he feels summarizes what "Our Town" is about:

“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings.”

Tickets are $12 general admission or $10 for seniors and students. They may be purchased at Village Books in Mount Shasta, Weed Chamber of Commerce, Nature's Kitchen and Shoppe Serendipity in Yreka, on the website: newfrontiertheatrecompany.com/ or by phone, 530-232-5431. 

The three weekend run for "Our Town" continues Aug. 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., Aug. 31 at 2 p.m., and Sept. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m.