Clarke County Public Schools will be performing Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” on November 19th and 20th at Johnson Williams Middle School. “Our Town” is considered Wilder’s crowning work according to CCPS drama instructor Christie Brewer. Brewer thinks that people in Clarke County will identify with Wilder’s portrayal of small time life in the play and is sponsoring a photo contest in celebration of “our town”, Berryville, Virginia.
Brewer is asking community members, both young and old, to focus their imaginations and cameras on creating that one special photograph that best captures life in Berryville.
“The photos should show the character and life of the town” Brewer said. “The focus should be on things like the buildings and architecture, the fairgrounds. We’d like to have photos that capture the general feeling of what it means to live in Berryville.”
Photos submitted for the competition will be exhibited in the Johnson Williams Middle School lobby prior to the performance of “Our Town” and will be judged by a panel of school staff and members of the local arts community
“Our Town” is a three-act play by American playwright, Thorton Wilder. The story is about an average town’s citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. The three acts depict “daily life”, “love and marriage” and “death and eternity”. Wilder uses the actions of the Stage Manager to visually create the small town of Grover’s Corners for the audience.
Clarke Daily News thought that readers might like to see a sampling of photos submitted. Judging by the images, the competition for best photo of “our town” appears to be stiff. However, there’s still time to get your submission in to Ms. Brewer if you believe that you have the winning photo still in your camera. Send your image to Christine Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540.955.6130 for more information.
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