Life is What We Make It: Scenes from “Our Town”

Class 12 of Manila Waldorf School ends the schoolyear with a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that presents a timeless commentary on the transience of human existence.

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

Our Town is a three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder that presents a portrait of the ordinary joys and sorrows of fictional Grover’s Corners. Scenes from the town’s history between the years of 1901 and 1913 are depicted.

First produced in 1938, Our Town has become an American stage treasure and is Wilder’s most renowned and frequently performed play. Held at the Singson Hall of the Ateneo de Manila Grade School on 17 March 2013, the MWS production showed the acting talent of the graduating class, delivering the length and breadth of emotions required by the material.

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The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props.

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A challenging play to perform if there ever was one, Our Town brings the audience through the day-to-day concerns of small town folk, to the heavier challenges of new responsibilities and the universality of humanity.

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“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” ~ the Stage Manager

Class 12 of Manila Waldorf School

Class 12 of Manila Waldorf School

Thank you, Class 12, for sharing and presenting your talent for great drama to the Waldorf community!

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