FLINT — Our Town is the fourth and last production in FYT’s 2011-2012 Signature Series with its season theme of Rites of Passage Encore: Transitions and Transformations. The play is on FYT’s stage from April 6-28.
Beginning with the routines of daily life, Our Town reveals the intimate and habitual personal lives of two American families living in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, at the dawn of the 20th century.
As the story progresses, however, deeper life forces are gradually exposed including a universal truth — that of young people wanting to grow up quickly while still craving childhood’s relative certainty and security. One of the greatest American plays, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story raises everyday life to poetic heights. When the character of the Stage Manager speaks the famous line, “This is the way we were,” it may seem as if he is referring to a life and time gone by. However, the daily routines, habits and rituals so lovingly rendered in Our Town still exist 100 years hence, still having the power to bind us together through our shared hopes and dreams, failures and successes.
Our Town performances are April 6, 13, 20 and 27 and April 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees April 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m. A conversation with the creative team will follow the evening performances on April 14 and 20, and again after the matinee on April 28.
Performances are at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street, on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center. Advance tickets are $12 for children, $14 for teens and senior citizens and $16 for adults and are available at Flint Youth Theatre, by calling 810.237.1530 or online at FlintYouthTheatre.org. Day of performance tickets are $14 for children, $16 for teens and senior citizens and $18 for adults. — G.G.