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A New Fall Theater Production Comes to ‘Our Town’

The “classic” production “Our Town” comes to the LHS theater this fall from Nov. 9 to 11 at 7 p.m.
In this video, we take a look into Liberty Performing Arts Center’s newest play, “Our Town,” which took place Nov. 9-11.

The LHS Theater continues their preparations for the fall production of “Our Town,” a classic play that leads the audience through the average, yet significant, days of the lives of Emily Webb (portrayed by Anna Fleetwood) and George Gibbs (portrayed by Tyler Bugg).

Throughout the performance, the audience is given glimpses of the thoughts and feelings of the characters, giving viewers a strange and interesting perspective of the events going on in Grover’s Corner. While Emily and George struggle with reaching their true dreams in a town where they are encouraged to settle, the audience is taught about how important and significant every day we’re alive is. The story shows how essential it is to live life the way you want to along with how big of an impact the people around us can truly have.

Junior Anna Fleetwood, who will be playing the role of Emily Gibbs, said that she auditioned for the play this year because, “I love the program. Gehrke, the director, is amazing, and I’ve had a great experience with the plays and musicals in the past. And, the story of ‘Our Town’ is super cool, so how could I not audition?” Fleetwood explains that “Our Town” is an exciting production because, “It’s such a classic play, but not a lot of people know about it, which is interesting. A lot of people have put it on, but it’s not very well known, especially in our generation. So, I’m very excited to be able to share it with everyone again.”

Sophomore Lorelei Wise has been in drama since her freshman year and is excited to continue being a part of this program. “It allows people to explore a lot of depth no matter the size of their roles, so I think that’s really cool.” Wise will be playing Joe Crowell in the play, who is essentially, “A chatterbox newsboy who knows everything about everybody, and he’s very bright,” Wise said. 

This year’s fall theater production is “Our Town”, which will be put on here at Liberty on Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 at 7 PM in the auditorium. (Ella Quinney)

Mrs. Gehrke, the theater teacher and director of all plays and musicals, believes that “Our Town” is a classic story with a gorgeous message. In regards to the cast and crew of this production Gehrke said, “Our cast and crew are phenomenal. We have so many people that are so passionate, and we’re growing each year. We have so many leaders and some new faces that are coming in, too. I’m genuinely so excited about this cast and crew.” 

Gehrke also then went on to explain how the technical side of this production is going to be different this year. Gehrke said, “It’s a simple production from a tech perspective, but it has to be done beautifully and well. So, I’m excited for that challenge because our tech teams have had more spectacle that they’ve done recently, and this play is one that will make them really work on creating beautiful and clean scenery on stage.”

The targeted audience would be people who want to see a beautifully done piece of theater that will also remind them about the importance of living day-to-day life to its fullest.

— Mrs. Gehrke

Truly, this production is one special story that Liberty has never been able to see before from the theater program. From the special, detailed characters that the audience will be able to connect with, to the interesting technological aspects that will bring this play to life, there is much to look forward to in regards to the theater’s “Our Town” production. 

“Our Town” will be showing at Liberty’s auditorium from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, and it is most certainly a theatrical performance to look forward to.   

This year’s cast for the show is as follows:

STAGE MANAGER Madeline Claravall & Connor Higlen
DR. GIBBS Alijah Riles
JOE CROWELL Lorelei Wise
HOWIE NEWSOME Sebastian Tabers
MRS. GIBBS Mac Reddick
MRS. WEBB Ashley Cain
GEORGE GIBBS Tyler Bugg
REBECCA GIBBS Marley Higlen
WALLY WEBB Micki Morris 
EMILY WEBB Anna Fleetwood
PROFESSOR WILLARD Callahan Altheimer
MR. WEBB Aidan Cleary
WOMAN IN THE BALCONY Olivia Crone
MAN IN THE AUDITORIUM Brandt Cleppe
LADY IN THE BOX Marissa Varga
SIMON STIMSON A.Theodore
MRS. SOAMES Mak Barnes
CONSTABLE WARREN Aicha Beye
SI CROWELL  Emina Topcagic
THREE BASEBALL PLAYERS Micaela Garcia, Sydney Harder, & Sofie Shreve
SAM CRAIG Joshua Deters
JOE STODDARD Jared Houston  
MAN AMONG THE DEAD Brandt Cleppe
WOMAN AMONG THE DEAD Marissa Varga
ANOTHER MAN AMONG THE DEAD Olivia Crone
TOWNSPEOPLE* Dani Boni, Lydia Davis, Alyssa Donaldson, Micaela Garcia, Sydney Harder, Charlie Maliszewski, Addison McCarthy, Bella Nagle, Sofie Shreve, Anna Simms,  Caroline Sinner, Josselyn Tittel, & Reese Westhoff, Gabriella Young 
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