CCMOnStage PLAYS Presents

Our Town

By Thornton Wilder

Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2021, Patrcia Corbett Theater

  • Director Brant Russell
  • Assistant Director Carol Brammer
  • Music Director Karl Meyers*
  • Production Stage Manager Sara Sonnier*
  • Scenic Designer Tom Umfrid
  • Lighting Designer Paige Baumann*
  • Costume Designer María Fernanda Ortiz a López*
  • Wig and Make-Up Designer Madison McKenzie Weber*
  • Sound Designer Aaron Woodstein*
  • Dialect and Vocal Coach Sarah Summerwell
  • Movement Director L. Lucia Duque
  • Cultural Dramaturg Joy Coronel**

*CCM Student

**Alumni Guest Artist

“Our Town” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


Director's Note

By Brant Russell

In a 1938 letter to Alexander Woollcott, Thornton Wilder wrote:

“The subject of the play I wrote is: the trivial details of human life in reference to a vast perspective of time, of social history and of religious ideas.”

Our lives are full of trivial details. Getting to work on time, what to cook for dinner, soccer practice, forgotten emails, phone data, haircuts. But if there is a more perfect time than right now to reflect upon the deep satisfaction that trivial details and brief interactions can provide, I don’t know what it is.

When our lives are circumscribed by our collective duty to each other, and when many of the trivial details that characterize “normal life” are taken away from us, we long for normalcy. When our world becomes only as large as a laptop screen, we long for the breadth of what we once considered routine. Restaurants, shopping, the theater.

Just as the global pandemic has caused us to treasure what we once regarded as trivial, so does the cosmic backdrop of Wilder’s Our Town contextualize the meaning of the trivial in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire.

As luck would have it, my wife’s parents live in southern New Hampshire, not far from where you would find Grover’s Corners. We visit my in-laws twice per year, sometimes more, and when I was there this past summer, I scoured the landscape for something that I could identify as quintessentially Our Town-ish. I drove the rocky countryside looking for an object or perhaps a vista that I could photograph that was, at its core, Thornton Wilder-esque. I wanted something “authentic” that I could bring back to CCM. I would hold up this rock or floorboard fragment or scrap of turn-of-the-century garment and say, “See? This is what Wilder was writing about.”

I didn’t find what I was looking for. No such object or vista exists. Why? Because Our Town has nothing to do with Grover’s Corners or New Hampshire or New England. Our Town deals in the right here, right now. Our Town is about us.

Later in his later to Woollcott, Wilder wrote:

“At the opening night here a deputation of 41 small-town people from the skirts of Mount Monadnock - from Peterboro and Jeffrey and Keene - came down and presented me with a gavel of Cherry Wood and an eternal membership in the Mt. Monadnock Association. The faces. And they’d seen a play that was about something they knew.”

The New Englanders Wilder describes in that paragraph were viewing the play in Boston in 1938. And while we are 83 years and some 827 miles removed from the original milieu of Wilder’s play, it’s my sincere hope that you’ll look at the stage tonight and see a play about something you know.


Marta Russell, Susan Felder, Tom Frey and Peterborough Players, Bill and Liz Roberts, Eliot Russell

Time and Place

The story takes place between 1901 and 1913 in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire

Our Town will last 120 minutes, with two intermissions

The Company

  • Stage Manager | Neuma Joy
  • George Gibbs | Eli Lucas
  • Emily Webb | Julianna Weis-Palacios
  • Doc Gibbs | Dustin Parsons
  • Julia Gibbs | Emma Fitzgerald
  • Rebecca Gibbs | Chloe Hill
  • Charles Webb | Charles Gidney
  • Myrtle Webb | Lydia Robison
  • Wally Webb | Lily Olsen
  • Constable Warren | Gabriel Nasato
  • Mrs Soames | Ava Duvall
  • Joe Stoddard | Ben Sherman
  • Sam Craig | Cyrus Fontenot
  • Simon Stimson | Austin James Cleri
  • Joe Crowell Jr./Si Crowell | Nathan Flesh
  • Professor Willard | Zoë Peterson
  • Howie Newsome | Galen Arnett
  • Ensemble | Luke Danni, Nora Kovasckitz, Sydni Solomon
  • Chorus | Lucy Acuna, Amanda Bishop, Stanislav Przedlacki, Kristen Das, Cynsere Stevens, Jett Blackorby, Maddie Osment, Nate Jones, Makayla Shipe, Matthew Danforth
  • Musicians | Lianna Bartlett (flute), Caitlyn Lyerly (flute), Trinity Kanipes (clarinet), Celeste Meisel (viola), Jett Stevens (mallets), Mason Deitsch (mallets), Harrison Contant (mallets) 

Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Steve Miller
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Roza Gavriilidis, Kelsey Qualters
  • Production Assistant | Sophia Gamble
  • Assistant Production Managers | Leah Berry, Emma King
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Meredith Buckley
  • Assistant Lighting Designer | Kristen Peck
  • Assistant Wig and Make-Up Designer | Tiara Jones
  • Props Masters | Kat Miller
  • Assistant Props Master | Finley Fields
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Erin Donnelly
  • Costume Dressers | Hadley Bruno, Benji Lookatch, Nate Miller, Anika Shirvalker, Natalie Zimmerman
  • Master Electrician | Tal Kochav
  • Assistant Master Electrician/Board Operator | Riley Rowan
  • Deck Electricians | Alec Group, Alena Milos
  • Set Construction Crew | Mia Adrian, Shelby Allred, Annalee Crosser, Peggie Dona, Izzy Dillon, Abby Fluck, Sophia Gamble, Hannah Kate Hawver, Ashton Karp, Bri Kelley, Benji Lookatch, Emily Mallendick, Nate Miller, Liz Mitan, Arcadia Paff, Meredith Randall, Ryan Rasko, Melanie Reitman, Anika Shirvaikar, Brady Smith, Cassie Smith, Macay Smith, Lucia Thill, Sam Verba, Lauren Wooten
  • Scenic Change Artist | Michael Blankenship
  • Scene Shop Assistants | McKenna Brennan, Maya Eberhardt, Aaron Graham, Thomas Iodice, Grace Mayo, Stephanie O’Rear, Janay Sukkarieh, Logan Vanderpool
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Peggie Dona, Abby Fluck, Liz Mitan, Arcadia Paff
  • Production Sound Engineer | Dani Silver
  • Sound Board Operator | Michael Donahue
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Alex Brock, Ryan Hurt, Patrick Kiernan, Aaron Woodstein
  • Wig and Make-Up Running Crew | Annalee Crosser, Ashton Karp, Lauren Wooten
  • Stage Management Office Assistant | Jie Min


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