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Fine arts department presents 'Our Town'

UMW News Bureau

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department will present its fall production, “Our Town,” on Thursday, Oct. 13 through Monday, Oct. 17 with nightly showings at 7:33 p.m. By Brandon Keomalu Our TownThe University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department will present its fall production, “Our Town,” on Thursday, Oct. 13 through Monday, Oct. 17 with nightly performances at 7:33 p.m. The “Our Town” performances will mark the public re-opening of the Beier Auditorium, which recently underwent a major renovation. As a thank you to the community for their support of the renovation, all performances will be free to the public. Written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Montana Western professor Larry Brazill, “Our Town,” takes place in a fictional New Hampshire town between 1901 and 1913. The play premiered in 1938 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. and won the Pulitzer Prize later that year. Over the decades the play was also credited for having the longest run on Broadway. During the first productions of the play the U.S. was experiencing the aftershocks of the Great Depression and the effects of World War II. Despite the hardships and fear that characterized this period of U.S. history, Brazill said Wilder focused on the aspects of living in the moment. “Wilder uses a deconstructive technique that allows the audience to focus more on the skeleton of the story,” Brazill explained. “It’s an American classic about simply living life the way it should be lived.” Cast member and Montana Western student Brenda Cole added that although the play is set in New Hampshire, it can characterize any town, including Dillon. “The story is quite fascinating because it deals with the relationship between the human spirit and the people associated in the play,” Cole said. “It’s really great to have the opportunity to perform this play in Dillon because the story takes place in a small town and the similarities between the play and our community will help our audiences better understand the moral of the story.” To obtain free reserved tickets, please call Bert’s CDs at (406) 683-9202 or Larry Brazill at (406) 683-7038. The Beier Auditorium is located on the south end of Main Hall on the UMW campus, 710 South Atlantic Street.
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