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April 3, 2014

Norman High revives ‘Our Town’

NORMAN — See Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” come to life during a performance by Norman High School students at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the high school, 911 W. Main St. Tickets are $5 at the door; children under 5 get in for free.

Director Amanda Mimms Jensen said the classic play is about a young couple, George and Emily, living at the turn of the 20th century in fictional small town Grover’s Corner, N.H.

“The play, at its most basic, is just drawing attention to everything that our life is and everything we forget to pay attention to when we’re in the midst of getting kids ready for school, getting our husbands out the door for work, getting our kids home from school and doing homework — all of these small little details we get so bogged down with but are really the stuff of our lives,” she said. “We get so busy living life that we forget we’re living it.”

Jensen said the high school’s production will include a bare stage, minimal props and no period costumes, as a way to focus on universal themes and philosophical truths found in the text of the play.

“I want everyone to come away from the play with a greater appreciation of something personal for them,” Jensen said.

For senior Theron Kitchen, 17, who plays George Gibbs, “Our Town” largely deals with interpersonal relationships.

“I feel that this show has a lot to do with love and respect and how you treat other people as human beings,” he said.

Sophomore Krista Henderson, 15, who plays Emily Webb, said she hopes her performance pulls on the heartstrings of audience members.

“I hope we make some people cry, some people realize things,” she said.

Sophomore Cristina Rivas, 15, who plays the Stage Manager, said the public should come see the production because the students are bringing a fresh perspective to the old favorite.

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