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Auditions announced for ‘Our Town’

Arkadelphia Little Theatre and Henderson State University will join forces in February to stage Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, and auditions will be held Jan. 18-19.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday, in HSU’s Studio Theatre, in Arkansas Hall. Interested participants may come either or both nights. Audition material will be provided. Roles are available for 16 men and seven women, including a couple of parts for older children.

HSU’s theatre program and ALT, a local nonprofit, will stage the production Feb. 16-20 in Henderson’s Studio Theatre. Claudia Beach, a retired HSU theatre professor and former director of HSU’s Theatre and Dance program, will direct the play and oversee auditions.

Described by playwright Edward Albee as “the greatest play ever written,” Our Town follows the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually die in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., from 1901-1913. The play’s three acts are titled Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity.

Beach will also be available during auditions to talk to anyone who wants to volunteer for behind-the-scenes technical theatre work.

Our Town was last staged at Henderson in 2004, for the grand opening of the Studio Theatre, the centerpiece of an Arkansas Hall renovation and expansion. Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Our Town in 1938.

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