Whittier College News Release
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Feb. 26, 2004
Reference: 03/04: 46
Our Town Onstage at Whittier College
Thornton Wilder’s beloved classic Our Town will be presented by the Whittier College Theatre Arts Department on stage at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 10-13, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 14.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1938, Our Town explores life in the small town of Grovers Corner in 1903 through the lives of George Gibbs and Emily Webb, their families and friends. The play is narrated by a person simply known as the Stage Manager, played in this production by junior Robin Kasahara of Whittier.
Emily Webb is played by Danielle Orner, a freshman from Temecula, Calif., and her childhood sweetheart—and husband—George Gibbs, is played by Jason Darnell, a junior from Felton, Calif.
Emily’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Webb, are played by Justin Jimenez, a senior from Denver, Colo., and Stephanie Stephens, a junior from Norwalk, Calif. Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs, George’s parents, will be played by Napoleon Tavale, a freshman from St. Paul, Minn., and Ivy Worsham, a junior from Louisville, Colo.
Wally Webb, Emily’s pesky little brother, will be played by Mike Robertson, a freshman from Oakland, Calif., and George’s dramatic younger sister, Rebecca Gibbs, will be played by Jenna Hughes, a freshman from Monrovia, Calif.
Several others in the cast have multiple parts, including Mike Ettel, a freshman from San Mateo, Calif., as Joe Crowell, Si Crowell and a baseball player; Christian Sorenson, a junior from Bellevue, Wash., as Howie Newsom, Joe Stoddard and a baseball player; Christina Guitierrez, a junior from Riverside, Calif., as Professor Willard and a Speaking Spirit; Danielle Moran, a sophomore from Malden, Calif., as the Woman in the Box and a Speaking Spirit; and Alex Potash, a sophomore from San Anselmo, Calif., as Sam Craig and a baseball player, and Missy Manoguerra, a sophomore from Fremont, Calif., as a Speaking Spirit and the Woman in the Balcony.
Rounding out the cast are Daniel Armas, a freshman from San Gabriel, Calif., as Constable Warren, and Kyle Crumly, a sophomore from Anaheim, Calif., as Simon Stimson.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens with proper ID. Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.
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