Tabor theater presentation of ‘Our Town’ to open tonight

Wally, played by Hillsboro sixth-grader Noah Bartel, engages in conversation with his sister Emily, played by Tabor College freshman Molly Wiebe of Hillsboro, in a breakfast scene from ?Our Town,? the theater production planned for Tabor?s homecoming weekend. Playing the mother is Tabor student Andrea Acker. Seats are still available for performances planned for Wednesday through Sunday.  Don Ratzlaff / Free PressThe Tabor College Theater Department will present ?Our Town? by Thornton Wilder for homecoming weekend.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 15-18; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium.

Prices for all shows are: adults $12, students $8, Tabor students $4. For tickets call 620-947-3121, ext. 1033.

?Our Town? paints a picture of small-town life?the good, the bad, the humorous and the beautiful, according to Laurel Koerner, director of theater.

?Though it?s set in the early 1900s, I think many will recognize these characters,? Koerner said. ?What is true of small-town life is also true of the play: There is beauty in its simplicity.

?Central to the plot are two young people whom we observe as they experience friendship, love and loss,? she added. ?It?s a story that urges us to take notice of the little things and appreciate what we often take for granted.?

The original score was composed by Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music at Tabor, who also serves as music director for the production. Inherent in the script is the singing of a few old hymns that provided the inspiration for the compositions.

The cast includes the following Tabor students: Cheyenne Derksen, Michael Beye, Heather Loewen, Ryne Preheim, Kari Schmidt, Sam Klein, Andrea Acker, Molly Wiebe, Reuven Isaac, Jesse Todd, Olivia Kliewer, Clay?ton Bauer, Ben Schmidt, Michael Adamyk, Alisa Ediger, Ashley Birkey, Michael Wager, Dawson Waltner, Gracie Funk, Maryn Robson, Kyvie Lah?man, JoAnn Rich and Faith Tonne.

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