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Photo by: Macy Frasco Freshman Rachael Ruiz uses a drill while building a piece of the set for the fall play.
By Maddy Robison
As the curtain closed on the final night of the theater production “Our Town” senior Jared Wilde feels the pressure of one of his last plays relieved.“I really love the people in theater, I've made so many friends, were all there for each other and it's really nice,” Junior Lydia Winters said. “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder was originally written in 1938. PHS theater director, Greg Shaw decided it was time to cross this production off his list.On October 22, 23, and 24 the theater program perfomed the play.“I think it’s one of those plays that every theater program should do eventually,” Shaw said. “It seemed like we had the right students; some parts call for a mature actor and not to over-act.”The cast put in time after school in order to perfect the play.“We try to practice most days after school, it just depends, it was kind of hard with football and different [after school activities]. [Closer to the performance] we practiced after school every day for a couple hours,” freshman Katie Painter said.Along with the cast, tech theater had also put in time after school so the set, lighting and sound were ready for the performances.“We did some new lighting effects that we've never done before they were kind of a natural lighting but a neat effect,” Shaw said.“We had to get things put back together, like fixing lights and building sets,” sophomore Hailey Denton said. “The play is very simple, there were barely any sound effects and lighting was very subtle.”Shaw believed there was an important message behind the play.“It’s a classic,” Shaw said. “Our Town is about everyday life, and ultimately the message of the play is that we don’t know what we value of something is till it’s gone.”Winters agrees with Shaw and connected to her character.“I [Emily Webb] fall in love with George Gibbs [Jack Warring] we got married then I died, but then I'm looking back on my life seeing all the things I missed and didn’t pay attention to,” Winters said. “The third act [is my favorite part], when I'm dead and I go back and re-live a day and I realize, wait, I never noticed all the little things that people don’t appreciate till it’s gone.”Winters voiced what she wanted the audience to walk away with. “You should be grateful for everything anyone does for you, even the little things,” Winters said.For some of the cast members “Our Town” was one of their last performances at PHS.“I felt a little sad [after the last performance] because it’s one of my last plays but I also felt relieved because I won’t have the pressure of a big role anymore,” Wilde said.