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Essex Community Players to present Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”

 May 8-11 and May 15-18 at Memorial Hall in Essex Center

Essex Community Players concludes its 2013-14 season with a 75th Anniversary production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” an entertaining look into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, as well as a timely and welcome reminder that each of our lives, no matter how it unfolds, is a wonder to be savored and shared. Produced by Cindy MacKechnie, of Jericho, and directed by Adam Cunningham, of Colchester, “Our Town” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. All performances will take place at Memorial Hall in Essex Center (located at the intersection of Routes 15, 128 and Towers Road).

The play’s message, according to Cunningham, is that “Grover’s Corners isn’t a place. It is the timeless mystery of the life that endures in each of us.”

Cast members:

Jim Reid, of Milton, as the Stage Manager; Robert Ready, Colchester, as Mr. Webb; Lori Jean, of Williston, as Mrs. Webb; Frank Kehoe, of Jeffersonville, as Dr. Gibbs; Liz Heun, of South Burlington, as Mrs. Gibbs; Claire Demarais, of Burlington, as Emily Webb; Samuel Armstrong, of Essex, as Wally Webb; Gabriel Grant, of Fairfax, as George Gibbs; Nathalie Stapleton, of Colchester, as Rebecca Gibbs; John Murray, of Richmond, as Howie Newsome; Drew Briggs, of South Burlington, as Sam Craig; Louise Mueller, of Waterbury, as Mrs. Soames; Ted Posner, of Essex Junction, as Joe Stoddard; David Tilley, of Burlington, as Simon Stimson; Ethan Alsruhe, of Williston, as Professor Willard; Louise Richmond, of Essex Junction, as Woman in the Balcony; John Mauger, of Essex, as Man in the Auditorium; Mary Scripps, of Charlotte, as Woman in the Box; Bob Carmody, of Charlotte, as Constable Warren; Avery Smith, of Shelburne, as Si Crowell; Jake Barickman, of Underhill, as Farmer McCarty; and Sharon Panitch, of Burlington, as Townsperson.

Crew members:

Pamela Armstrong, of Essex, Costumes; Kathy Barickman, of Underhill, Stage Manager; Amber Couture, of Essex, Costumes; Liz Delorge, of Richmond, Makeup; Cherie Gagnon, of South Burlington, House; Billie Hall, of Jericho, Properties; Jeremy Laclair, of Underhill, Lighting/Sound Technician; Jennifer McGrath, of Colchester, Box Office; Don MacKechnie, of Jericho, Set Design and Construction and Lighting/Sound Technician; Carol Mauger, of Essex, Hair Stylist; Jeff Salzberg, of Essex, Lighting Design; Dana Thomas, of Underhill, Music Director; Beth Volker, of Williston, Publicity.

Performances will be on Thursdays, (May 8 and 15), Fridays (May 9 and 16), and Saturdays (May 10 and 17) at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays (May 11 and 18) at 2 p.m. all at Memorial Hall.

Tickets may be purchased through Essex Community Players only. They are available online at www.essexplayers.com with a credit or debit card. Or, from the website, download and print a ticket order form. Mail the completed form, along with your check, to the address provided (no service charge). The Memorial Hall Box Office will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on April 26. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for children (12 and under) and seniors (55 and older). On Essex Day (Sunday, May 11) Essex residents pay $12 (all others pay full price on that day). All seats are reserved.  There will be no refunds or exchanges. All ticket sales are final.

In keeping with the “Essex Community Players Gives Back” tradition, the charitable organization for this production will be “Camp Ta Kum Ta,” a one-week summer camp for kids with cancer or who have had cancer. The camp is independent and self-sustaining financed completely through private donations and fundraising. All donations received for concessions provided at intermission will go directly to this very worthy cause.

For additional information, visit www.essexplayers.com or call the box office at 878-9109 during box office hours only.