Rehearsal is in full swing for students at Delaware Hayes High School involved in the upcoming production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.
The students will perform the play on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $9 for adults. Tickets can be bought at the door before the show begins.
Director Keith Tankersley said the play is set between 1901 and 1913 in a small town in New England.
“It chronicles the lives of ordinary towns people and goes through life cycle of young life, adult life and death,” Tankersley said.
Tankersley said he liked the idea of doing a classic play that is well known in the theatre world and exposing the kids to an older play.
“We can only do one play a year so I picked one that has a lot for them to chew on,” Tankersley said. “Kids are working really hard. It’s going to be great.”
Ben Teitelbaum, a senior and theater veteran, was cast as the lead role and said it will be one of his last shows at Hayes.
”[Our Town] is really amazing,” Teitelbaum said. “I’m really exciting to take it on. I’m feeling a little bit sad, but really thankful.”
But not everyone involved in the production is a veteran actor; this will be the first play for Everett Sharp, a senior. Sharp said he joined the play because his friend, Teitelbaum, said he would have a good time. In the play, Sharp plays the town constable and the town’s undertaker in a separate scene.
“I figured, ‘what the heck’ and it’s been really amazing,” Sharp said. “It’s different than I thought it would be. There are a lot of layers and it’s really challenging but it’s great.”
Kelly Kostalas, a sophomore, said she’s done work behind the scenes on several productions at Hayes, but this is her first time on stage.
“I absolutely love this play,” Kostalas said. “The writing is so beautiful. I like [acting] more than being back stage. You get to be in the show and see everything come together. I love being here and watching the play grow.”
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.