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UPDATE: Tonight's preview performance (Nov. 8) will be staged at 5:30 p.m. (not 7 p.m.), the school announced today

PHOTO BY: LISA DANIELS - La Salle Prep's fall production of Our Town will feature student actors such as sophomore Luke Thompson (left) and senior Olivia Cooley.La Salle Prep's stage is being transformed into the fictional New Hampshire community of Grover's Corners for the school's production of Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town," opening Nov. 9.

The Pulitzer-Prize winning drama traces the circle of life through two families in the small town.

"'Our Town' is really a story about all of us, about the human experience — life, love, death," said director and drama teacher Michael Shelton. "It's an unassuming play that addresses some of the most powerful experiences of life. It asks important questions of the actors and the audience, and it does so with humor, character and authenticity."

More than 60 students from La Salle — a Catholic high school near Milwaukie — are staging the show. The cast has been rehearsing for weeks while the crew has been building sets and gathering turn-of-the-century props and costumes.

"People are working really hard both onstage and off," said sophomore Olivia Galbraith.

No matter how each of the students is involved with "Our Town," Shelton said, all those working on it are learning life skills such as how to collaborate, tell stories, take risks, manage a project, work within a budget and adapt to change.

PHOTO BY: LISA DANIELS - La Salle Prep drama teacher Michael Shelton (left) has been working with students such as senior Tarn Bregman to put on 'Our Town,' which Shelton calls a story 'about all of us.'In addition, he said, students "learn the power of community and family and working together to create something beautiful. They learn empathy for others through these diverse characters and stories we tell, and they learn how worthy each and every life is."

"Our Town" is La Salle's fall production. Students will stage "Beauty and the Beast" in the spring.

'Our Town'

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 (pay what you can to attend), 7 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18

WHERE: 11999 S.E. Fuller Road, unincorporated Milwaukie

COST: Adults $12, students and seniors $10, tickets available at the door

MORE: lsprep.org

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