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Students, adult advisers work together to produce show '(hopefully)...Thornton Wilder would approve of'

COURTESY PHOTO - CHS students rehearse for 'Our Town,' opening March 1.Canby High School Theater is bringing Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning drama "Our Town" to the Canby Fine Arts Center on March 1, 2 and 8 at 7 p.m. and on March 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

"This show is an amazing example of how everyday life causes us to not see the small things," said student Madelynn Holt, who is playing Howie Newsome and is the understudy for Stage Manager.

"Reading the play brought a lot of meaning and motivation into my life," Holt continued. "I am most excited to see how everything comes together, and hopefully it will be something that Thornton Wilder would approve of."

Some familiar faces help lead the cast, like senior Jonah Schiewe as Charles Webb and junior Susan Nash as Stage Manager. Both had lead roles in the fall production of "Curtains."

New student faces will grace the stage as well. Senior Dani DeGraw previously worked behind the scenes, but will shine as Mrs. Soames in this production. Two seniors are new to Canby High in the last couple of years and new to Canby's stage as well, including Aiden Antrim as George Gibbs and Olivia Transmeier as Mrs. Gibbs.

"Theater is an activity that can welcome new participants easily," said Rachel Keen, CHS Theater adviser.

COURTESY PHOTO - CHS students rehearse for 'Our Town,' opening March 1.

Keen is both directing and producing the play. In addition to highlighting the actors, Keen also wanted to draw attention to those behind the scenes working to make this play a success.

"Of note are the students who are working on designs in lights, sound, set and costumes with support by adult advisers," Keen said.

She added, "This show is the expression of the students' creativity and their insight. Providing the opportunity for the students to design is unique…I want the students to learn that they have unique gifts and skills to offer all aspects of the theater production, and I am grateful to be a part of a production that seems to be accomplishing that."

COURTESY PHOTO - CHS students rehearse for 'Our Town,' opening March 1.

Costumer Chris Keady and Technical Theater Specialist Jared Jonas are both mentoring and supporting students. Additionally, the Theater Boosters club, which started up last year, has encouraged parent involvement.

With all the adult support, students have been able to express more creativity than ever, it seems.

"To me, the show is unique from what we have been doing over the past couple of years and students have been given more creative freedom than before," said student Svetlana Szenasi, light design and operator. "I am most excited to see everything come together on opening night and put on a show that we can be proud of."

Ticket sales will begin one hour before each performance. Prices are as follows: general admission $10, veterans/seniors/children $5 and CHS students/staff are free with ID card.


Kristen Wohlers
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