This week, my high school drama club finished our spring production – “Our Town“. It was written by Thornton Wilder in 1938 and follows the life of the people in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire.
This play was very different from any of the earlier plays that I have taken part in. For example, this play didn’t have any musical numbers. This made it easier for us, as we didn’t have to memorize any huge dance sequences or songs, but in another sense, it made us focus more on what was going on onstage to make entry or exit. During the musicals, we use the songs to determine how much time we have left before we go onstage. If our scene comes after a song, we can wait until the song is over before going to the stage.
Participating in this show has benefited me in many ways. For example, because I was part of the ensemble, a lot of my role involved mostly actions rather than dialogue. This forced me to rethink how I act, and how I can effectively convey my message through actions, which is an extremely valuable skill in the theater industry. Besides, all the three of shows I’ve taken part in (Singing in The Rain Jr., Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town) are based in the first half of the 20th century. By getting to experience each of these shows, I now have some idea of the culture during that time, and I can relate how life has changes since then.
It was a great show, and I look forward to taking part in drama club next year.