Hesston College theater to present “Our Town” tonight

by Desi Newman – Horizon Features Editor

The Hesston College Theatre will perform “Our Town” for the first time tonight at 7 p.m. Northlawn Studio Theatre here on campus.

Play poster courtesy of the Hesston College marketing and communication department
Play poster courtesy of the Hesston College marketing and communication department

“Our Town” is a play written by Thorton Wilder in 1938. Throughout the story, Wilder reveals important lessons on life that include daily life, love and marriage, as well as death and loss.

Director Laura Kraybill was really excited when she got to chose what Hesston would be performing this year.

“I chose this play because, after living in Hesston for over four years, I resonated with its celebration of small-town, American life. It’s also a classic that we need to be exposed to for its literary and cultural value. Written in 1938, it deals with the value of community during a time when America was caught in the grip of The Great Depression, heading towards the next world war. But while the play affirms traditional values of family and hard-work, it also challenges us to re-think the way we approach relationships and time itself.”
“I hope the audience walks away with the ability to see the sacred in the ordinary moments of our days. I hope that each person is able to see themselves as a small part of something far greater. With this heightened awareness, we have the opportunity to love one another more intentionally each day.”

Many Hesston students have been working hard to put on a good show for everyone.

“I am really looking forward to all of the performances,” said freshman Abbie DeWild. “I really enjoy performing in front of people.”

Showtimes for the rest of the week are 7 p.m. Nov. 31 and Nov. 1, and 3 p.m. Nov. 2.

The running show time for “Our Town” is around an hour and a half. Tickets are available through the Hesston College bookstore and can be purchased before the show as available.

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