Welcome to Grover’s Corners!

The Bishop Kenny Theater Department puts on the show ‘Our Town’

Welcome to Grover’s Corners!

Rita Albert, Editor-in-Chief

          Grover’s corners is filled with the talent of the Bishop Kenny students in ‘Our Town’, this years BK theater production. Our Town was written in 1938 by playwright Thornton Wilder. There are three different acts which correlate to three themes in life. Act one represents normal everyday life, act two represents love, and act three represents death. There are two narrators and two main families the story is about, the Gibbs and the Webb families.

          In act one,the year is 1901 and the families are just living their normal lives. The milk is delivered, they eat breakfast, and the kids, Emily Webb (Annie Pritchard) and George Gibbs (Danny Cox), are sent off to school. George comes home to be yelled at by his father (James Deats) for not helping his mother with work and Emily, like most teenage girls, wonders if she is beautiful and asks her mother (Leah Webber). These show normallacy of daily life. The next day we obviously see that George has a big crush on Emily, but she does not reciprocate the feelings. We see their love story develop throughout the play.

          In act two, three years have passed and we are at the wedding of Emily and George. They are both having doubts and stress, almost not marrying, but in the end happily wed. George reveals that he will not go to college and go to work so he can provide for his family. Act three is nine years into the future and many people have died since the wedding including Mrs. Gibbs (Claudia Irizarry) and Mr. Webb (Tyler Thompson). Emily has passed and goes to the land of the dead where she is given the opportunity to live a day in her past life. She avoids the warnings that this will cause her a lot of pain and goes to relive her 12th birthday. She concludes that people take the joyful moments in life for granted. George at the end comes to cry at her grave.

           The week leading up to the play, majority of the cast was sick. “A good portion of the cast being sick the week leading up to the show is nothing unnatural, but it still put a lot of pressure on everyone including myself” senior, James Deats, expresses. The cast has been rehearsing for two hours everyday and working hard since September 17. It is really satisfying to see all that hard work pay off on show day. “My favorite part of the whole experience was finally being able to put on the show and see all the hard work that everyone put in finally pay off.” junior, Annie Pritchard says. The production took place on November 8 and 9 of 2018.