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A to Z Challenge – A is for Act One

Posted by mcm0704 on April 1, 2013 |

Before I share my word for today, I want to give a shout out to Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out   From what I understand, it was Arlee’s bright idea to start the challenge a few years ago. This is my second time to participate, and I must admit it is a challenge, but it is also fun.

I toyed with a number of possible themes for my posts this month and nothing really energized me, until I thought of trying to find words that are associated with live theatre, acting, and plays. That seemed a natural since I have been in rehearsal for seven weeks for a production of “Our Town” at our local community theatre. I am directing and playing a role, which is especially challenging, and I may never do that again.

“Our Town” is a classic three- act play written by Thornton Wilder in 1938, and theatres across the country are celebrating the 75th anniversary with productions. Set in the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners, it could be the story of any typical small town’s citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. The story is set between the years of 1901 and 1913 and convey the ordinariness of love, marriage, and death. 

Act One of “Our Town” begins with a monologue by the character of the stage manager, whose role is like that of the chorus in some of Shakespeare’s  plays. The stage manager talks directly to the audience, introducing the town, the characters, and the themes of each act.

The play is performed with a minimal set, which suits our small performance space nicely, and the actors do not use props. Instead, they mime their actions, and that adds an extra layer of challenge to any performer. The character of the stage manager acts like the chorus in some of Shakespeare’s  plays, talking directly to the audience with narration that moves the story along.

For those of us who like to “play” on stage, mounting a production like this is quite a thrill.

Do you enjoy live theatre? Have you ever had the urge to be on stage?

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