Isabel Alberola, Staff Writer
Are you prepared to enter the depths of your imagination, where you are undistracted by regular life, but rather touched by the human spirit? Some of our most talented people here at Casady, the actors and actresses, are excited to announce that their play will debut on Thursday November 12, followed by performances on Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th.
Many of us have said that the theatre is a place to dream and to escape reality; however, Our Town is unique in that it is very relatable. The entire play is about the suffering, but also the happiness, of humanity. As Mr. Dema stated, “I don’t think it’s a sad play. I think it’s a play where there are a lot of realizations that we put masks over ourselves. We surround ourselves with so much technology and so many distractions that when its all kind of ripped away, as this play does, you realize how open, vulnerable, and present people can be.” We often don’t realize that we are covering ourselves up, but we naturally do so because of the pressure society puts on us to be “normal.”
Carl Albert, a senior portraying the narrator, said that the play is “very human, and its portrayal of life and how people react to the ups and downs of life. You can really relate to the characters and see yourself in every single one of them.” In this play, the problems the characters face and their everyday lives portrayed on stage allow us to think about and evaluate ourselves in the very same position as the character on stage. The way the play is set up allows the audience to interpret the scenes in any way they want. You can, in a sense, make the play your own play.
Although Our Town was written in the 1930s, life hasn’t changed much. People still need a human connection that’s real and true. The play engulfs everyone and has a sense of community to it that is relatable here at Casady. It’s a play about how people are people. How they react to life and how life is amazing and wonderful. For every happy thing in life, there must be a sad aspect to it, or else we would never have anything to look forward to. We wouldn’t understand what it meant to be happy if we didn’t have anything to compare it to.
The play, as Mr. Dema put it, “is an ensemble and each scene leads to the next scene. It all links together so magically.” Every part in the play is exactly where its supposed to be and plays a vital role in the makeup of the “ensemble.”
Come to see the play, as the tale of two lovers will whisk you off your feet and carry you into a land of safety and openness to truly be human. As Preston Taylor, the young lover George, stated, “I like how real it is. It doesn’t seem that much like a real play, but more like people just living.”