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The Park Players are pleased to announce their upcoming fall show, for the dates of November 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19.

Our Town – A Universal ClassicOur Town - Park Players Detroit

“Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? – every, every minute?” The poetic words of our young heroine, Emily, float eerily over us from a nearly-bare stage. The simplicity of OUR TOWN as well as its universality have resulted in its being one of the most popularly produced plays in the United States.

Our Town gently advises us to appreciate life while we are living it, particularly the uneventful ordinary activities – smelling flowers, eating breakfast, looking out the window at the silent moon. The play illustrates the classical aphorism coined by the Roman poet Horace (65-8 BC): carpe diem – “seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow!”

Auditions September 7

Auditions for the Pulitzer Prize winning play will be held at the North Rosedale Park Community House on Wednesday evening, September 7, at 7:00 PM and Sunday afternoon, September 11, at 2:00 PM. You can meet the director and get more information about auditions at our first meeting of the 2011-2012 season on Sunday evening, August 28 at 7:00 PM, also held at the Community House. Scripts are available by calling 313-835-1103.

Cast of characters (While some roles are specific to gender and age, others are flexible. All roles will be cast in a racially-neutral manner.)

Stage Manager (M/F, age flexible) The host of the play and the dramatic equivalent of an omniscient narrator; exercises control over the action of the play, cueing other actors, interrupting their scenes with interjections, and informing the audience of events and objects that we cannot see.

George Gibbs (M/16+) A decent, upstanding young man, George is a high school baseball star whose courtship of Emily is central to the play’s action.

Emily Webb (F/16+) George’s next-door neighbor, then his wife. She is an excellent student and a conscientious daughter.

Dr. Gibbs (M/30+) George’s father and the town doctor. Dr. Gibbs is also a Civil War expert.

Mrs. Gibbs (F/30+) George’s mother and Dr. Gibbs’ wife. She is satisfied with hometown life in spite of her unfulfilled desire to visit Paris.

Mr. Webb (M/30+) Emily’s father and publisher/editor of the Grover’s Corners Sentinel. His question-and-answer session draws the audience into the action of the play.

Mrs. Webb (F/30+) Emily’s mother and Mr. Webb’s wife. Mrs. Webb shows us her innocent and caring nature.

Mrs. Soames (F/age variable) A gossipy woman who sings in the choir.

Simon Stimson (M/F, age variable) The choirmaster whose alcoholism is the subject of gossip.

Rebecca Gibbs (F/youth or teen) George’s younger sister; a small but meaningful role.

Wally Webb (M/youth or teen) Emily’s younger brother minor role.

Howie Newsome (M/age variable) The milkman who dutifully appears every morning.

Joe Crowell, Jr. (M/F, youth or teen) The paperboy/girl.

Si Crowell (M/F, youth) Joe’s younger brother, also a paperboy/girl.

Professor Willard (M/F, age variable) A professor who gives the audience a report on Grover’s Corners (this role could be double or triple cast).

Constable Warren (M/age variable) A local policeman keeping a watchful eye over the community.

Sam Craig (M/F, teen or young adult) Emily Webb’s cousin.

Joe Stoddard (M/age variable) The town undertaker keeping a watchful eye…(oops, I already used that).

Additional minor roles: Woman in the balcony, Man (or woman) in the auditorium), Lady in the box, Three baseball players.

There are also parts for members of the choir who do not have speaking roles but will perform hymns, as well as potential musicians (guitar, harmonica, etc.).

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (7-10) and Sunday afternoons (1-5). Most performers (other than the first seven roles listed above) will not be needed at many of the rehearsals. Show dates are November 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19.

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