GRANTHAM, Pa. (March 29, 2004) Theatre Messiah will perform Thornton
Wilder's Pulitzer Prize- winning drama "Our Town" in Miller
Auditorium, located in Climenhaga Fine Arts Center on Messiah College's
Grantham campus. The show will run from April 15-18 and 22-25. All shows
begin at 8 p.m. except Sunday, April 18 and 25, which begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for students. To purchase tickets or
for more information, contact the ticket office at (717) 691-6036.
"Own Town," narrated by a stage manager, transports the audience
to Grover's Corners, N.H., at the beginning of the 20th century. Here,
the audience witnesses everyday events of small town life, following the
love and the losses of two families. Wilder's production is widely regarded
by many as an American classic that communicates how precious every moment
of life is and how important it is to live each moment fully. Wilder based
this play on the idea that "living people occupied with their petty
occupations and small thoughts know little of true joy or happiness."
"Our Town" is presented as part of the college's Spring for the Arts festivala community celebration of the arts at Messiah College that showcases the Grantham campus' busy calendar of spring cultural events.
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied
arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 60
majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham,
Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated
with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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