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Westfield High School's 'Our Town' Takes a Trip to the Past

Directed by Westfield Theatre Director Scott D. Pafumi with Zoë Dillard as assistant director, Our Town, written by Thornton Wilder, is set in a fictional New Hampshire town at the turn of the 20th century and follows the lives of the Gibbs and Webb families for more than a decade. The show premiered in 1938 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J., and won the Pulitzer Prize later that year. Wilder's slice of Americana has become a classic, and has been performed on thousands of school, community, and professional stages. The show focuses on the facets of the human experience that testify to the strength and endurance of the human spirit.

"This is the first in our season of American classics," Pafumi says. "We're focusing on plays and musicals written by American playwrights and showcasing the American experience through our productions this year." Additional shows in Westfield's season include Arsenic and Old Lace and Oklahoma.

Our Town features a cast of 40 actors led by Branson Reese, Natalie McLarty, Will Quinn, Sarah Pike, Barry Armbruster, Ashley Dillard, Abby Sykes, Brian Randall, Courtney Knickerbocker, Sarah Cowdery, Ahley Licata and Chelsea Stenger. Tara DeVincenzo is the stage manager and Cheryl Cordingley is the technical director.