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Lake Placid thespians present 'Our Town'

LAKE PLACID - The students of the Lake Placid Central School Drama Club will show off their raw acting skills as they present the well-known Thorton Wilder drama "Our Town" Nov. 11-13.

More than 20 students are involved in the production, most of them seniors who have participated in many shows. They began rehearsal for Our Town at the end of September.

According to the play's director, English teacher Brenden Gotham, many of the plays in recent years have been comedies, so he thought it was time to try something different.

"I chose Our Town this year because I felt this year's senior class needed to [do] a drama before they left," said Gotham. "I am so proud of this group of seniors and I thought this show could challenge them in various ways."

Lake Placid senior Alec Marchuck, who plays the central narrative role of the Stage Manager in Our Town, agreed the play has a much more serious slant than past productions, and the cast has been challenged to display emotions they have never been asked to convey before.

"I think the audience will enjoy the production because we have a wonderful cast," said Marchuck, "and it tells a profound, yet entertaining story revolving around characters living in a small town."

Set in a quaint Massachusetts town in the 1930s, "Our Town" takes a pensive look at some of life's biggest questions through the "daily lives" of some of the town's residents.

Central to the story are the characters of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. The play shows them interacting as children, then as newlyweds, and finally in death.

"The play conveys that people should stop and treasure those seemingly trivial instances in their lives, because it can make all the difference in the long run," said Marchuck.

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