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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • 'Our Town' performances at MHS Friday-Sunday

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  • Students at Morton High School will be performing the classic drama "Our Town" this weekend at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center. The shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.
    Director Liz Rebmann said this production has required her cast of 25 to learn to pantomime and work on all aspects of acting.
    This production is known for using very few props and a sparse set. It also has a lot of symbolism throughout. For example, the chairs used in the cemetery represent the personalities of the characters. The audience should also note how the lighting is used to depict the characters that are enlightened.
    "The kids enjoyed the discussions about what kind of chair represented each person," Mrs. Rebmann said.
    The deeper meaning of this play has left an impact on the students.
    "It's different because it has more of a meaning to it. This one you really have to think about. It's more of a lesson," Alexis Wraight, a senior member of the cast, said.
    Senior Nicole Koch plays the part of Emily. "It's thought provoking and very moving," she said.
    "Our Town" is a classic drama and this three-act play is intended for audiences ages 10 and older. Rebmann said she tries to expose her students to all types of productions throughout their four years at MHS.
    "I want to have a blend, a mix. I am a teacher so I want them to have a variety of experiences before they graduate," Mrs. Rebmann said.
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