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Our Town

22nd October 2019 @ 8:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until 26th October 2019

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Colleen Batson

Performance Dates:
22 – 26 October 2019, 8.00pm

Characters (In order of appearance)
  • The Stage Manager will be played as a voice and roles will be shared out as a defined character
  • Dr Gibbs – Main Role. Father to George, responsible, he leads his family and offers advice to them and other townsfolk. Because he is used to different types of people, he can deal with any one and he is unconventional and holds interesting views.
  • Joe Crowell – Small Role. Delivers newspapers
  • Howie Newsome – Medium Role. Milkman
  • Mrs Gibbs – Main Role. George’s mother, homely and well meaning, a very nice woman.
  • Mrs Webb – Main/Medium Role. The Gibbs’ neighbour, Emily’s mother, she has three children, very busy, her husband is eccentric she takes things as they come.
  • George Gibbs – Lead/Main Role. Young man who plays baseball and has to learn that life is not all about what he wants. He learns that he has to communicate and not do his own thing.
  • Rebecca Gibbs – Small role. George’s sister, she’s not very serious.
  • Wally Webb – Small Role. Emily’s younger brother
  • Emily Webb – Lead/Main role, this is the largest role and requires whoever is cast to attend the majority of rehearsals. She is a star pupil and likes making speeches but isn’t big-headed, in fact she is quite modest but has a strong belief in herself and also what is right. She is the person who helps George realise what he needs to do to become a better person.
  • Mr Webb  – Main Role. Husband of Mrs Webb, and neighbour to the Gibbs. Emily’s Father, quirky, a newspaper editor, very important, he knows all the news and therefore gossip.
  • Woman in the Balcony, Man in Auditorium, Lady in Box – Three Small Roles. Appear as townsfolk who ask Mr Webb questions at town meeting, they ask questions, so we find out how Grover’s Corner people think. Can be doubled with The Dead to create medium roles
  • Simon Stimson – Small Role. Choirmaster, he has a drinking problem, we don’t know why, but he is well known for being a drunk. (TBA – may not need to be cast, character doesn’t need to appear)
  • Mrs Forest – Very small Role, a little old lady. (Can be doubled.)
  • Mrs Soames – Medium Role. Appears at George & Emily’s wedding and is seen later in the play as one of the characters who offers Emily advice when she wants to return to her former life.
  • Constable Warren – Small-Medium Role, his purpose is help us understand more about town life.
  • Si Crowell – Small Role again helps us understand what is happening in town, he is Joe’s brother who has followed him into being a newspaper boy.
  • Mr Morgan – Small Role. Ice Cream Parlour manager. When George takes Emily out on a date, he serves them. (Can be doubled)
  • Clergyman – Small Role. Marries George and Emily
  • Sam Craig – Former member of townsfolk, visiting from a big city
    One of two men who waiting in the graveyard when Emily’s funeral is about to take place, gives us a potted history of people who have died recently in Grover’s Corner.
  • Joe Stoddard – Undertaker
    One of two men who waiting in the graveyard when Emily’s funeral is about to take place, gives us a potted history of people who have died recently in Grover’s Corner.
  • The Dead: Three characters – Small roles but important, they act as voices from the past who offer Emily advice about returning to her former life.

Grover’s Corners is a picture of an American town in a time before cars became common. Neighbours are nosy, milk is delivered off a cart by a milkman and the choirmaster drinks too much.
The plays centres on two families the Webbs and the Gibbs, neighbours whose son and daughter fall in love and get married. George is the typical boy next door, caught up in baseball, and Emily is the level-headed girl who makes sure he remembers where he came from. In the second act, George and Emily are about to get married. We are taken back to the day when Emily and George first speak about their friendship over strawberry ice cream shakes.

In the Third Act we learn that Emily has died in childbirth, but she realises that she can return to her former life, she is warned it is not a good idea and through her journey back she shows us that the living may not realise just how good life actually is…

  • The play is set up as a series of interactions between a couple or several characters, it needs to flow from one scene to the next, and each interaction shows us some aspect of town and family life.
  • Roles may be cast against gender. So if you feel like playing one of the male roles and you are girl, not a problem.
  • The main roles do have a lot of lines to learn, Emily appears in every act.
  • Small roles may only appear in one act and may be doubled


22nd October 2019
8:00 pm
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Beckenham Theatre Centre
07500 908 331


Beckenham Theatre Centre
46 Bromley Road
Beckenham, Kent BR3 5JD United Kingdom
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07500 908 331