George Fox University’s theatre department presents ‘Our Town’ as its spring drama

March 26th, 2018

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Shows scheduled April 5-7 and 12-15 in school’s Wood-Mar Auditorium

NEWBERG, Ore. – Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s classic American play that explores the essential truths about the meaning of love, life and death, will take over George Fox University’s Wood-Mar Auditorium in April.

Directed by Cristi Miles, an assistant professor of theatre at the university, the play runs Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7, and again Thursday through Sunday, April 12-15, in the school’s Wood-Mar Auditorium. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, April 15, performance, scheduled as a 2 p.m. matinee.

Tickets – $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children under 12 – can be purchased online at Tickets are also available for purchase in the university’s box office, located in the Bruin Store, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or in the lobby box office one hour prior to each production.

The play takes viewers to the mythical town of Grover’s Corners where two high school sweethearts, Emily Webb and George Gibbs, fall in love and begin their lives together. The simple story, set upon a bare stage with minimal production elements, reminds us what it means to live authentic and beautiful lives.

“All the little things of life … Isn’t it through the journey of living that we realize that all the little things of life are actually the only things that matter? This is the brilliance behind Wilder’s masterpiece,” Miles said. “He invites us into the theatre and doesn’t ask that we hide the fact that we are performing. He summons our collective imaginations to compose the emptiness. He offers us true reflections of ourselves, at our best, our worst, but mostly at our in-betweens.”

The cast includes Reid Arthur (“Simon Stimson”), a sophomore theatre major from Medford, Oregon; Travis Cox (“George Gibbs”), a sophomore cinematic arts major from Newberg, Oregon; Hadley Garacochea (“Wally Webb”), a senior theatre and cinematic arts major from Santa Barbara, California; Bekah Gillock (“Emily Webb”), a junior theatre major from Brush Prairie, Washington; Araya Glancy (“Stage Manager”), a sophomore theatre major from Keizer, Oregon; Jesse Groat (“Dr. Gibbs”), a senior theatre and music double major from Newberg, Oregon; Joshua Harding (“Jo” and “Si Crowell”), a sophomore elementary education major from Portland, Oregon; Brooke Larson (“Mrs. Soames”), a junior theatre major from Portland, Oregon; Karsten Montgomery (“Mr. Webb” and “Joe Staddard”), a junior vocal performance major from McMinnville, Oregon; Nicola Pieper (“Rebecca Gibbs”), a cinematic arts and theatre major from Port Hadlock, Washington; David Shelby (“Professor Willard”), a senior English major from West Linn, Oregon; Olivia Stuart (“Constable Warren” and “Farmer McCarty”), a junior psychology and theatre double major from Portland, Oregon; Marlyss VandenHoek (“Mrs. Webb”), a senior Christian ministries major from Sherwood, Oregon; and Lauren Vander Aarde (“Mrs. Gibbs”), a junior theatre and history double major from Vancouver, Washington.

The George Fox University theatre department has been recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. with awards for individual acting, set design, and overall production.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Cristi Miles
Assistant Professor of Theatre, George Fox University

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