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Solveig Lange, left, plays Alex Hagen’s daughter in the Albert Lea High School production of “Our Town” that opens today. --Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune
Solveig Lange, left, plays Alex Hagen’s daughter in the Albert Lea High School production of “Our Town” that opens today. -- Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

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‘Something is eternal’

Published 2:25pm Friday, April 19, 2013

Students at Albert Lea High School are set to perform the classic, “Our Town,” which opens tonight.

“Our Town,” written by Thornton Wilder, is celebrating its 75th year. Director Lilah Aas said after doing some research she believes this is the first time ALHS students have performed the play. Albert Lea Community Theatre performed it in 2006 and in 1981.

“It’s a classic piece of theater with a strong message,” Aas said.

Matt Bera, seated, plays Dr. Gibbs and Isabel Ehrhardt plays Mrs. Gibbs in the Albert Lea High School production of “Our Town.”
Matt Bera, seated, plays Dr. Gibbs and Isabel Ehrhardt plays Mrs. Gibbs in the Albert Lea High School production of “Our Town.”

The play is set in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., and tells the story of the town’s residents through following their everyday lives. The play is performed without the use of props, and actors mime their actions.

The cast has more than 20 students, some of whom have more than one role. They have been rehearsing for five weeks and range from eighth- to 12th-grade students. Aas said the students have been dedicated.

“Duncan Kromminga, a junior, is playing the role of the Stage Manager, which involves memorizing huge monologues of up to three pages,” Aas said.

Aas also said “Our Town” has a strong message that will get the audience thinking. She likes that it has a large cast with both big and small roles, but that even the small roles are essential.

“And the cast not only acts, but also changes the set and creates almost all of the sound effects,” Aas said.

From left are Albert Lea High School students Isabel Ehrhardt, Carissa Fitzlaff and Connor Larson. The show opens today.
From left are Albert Lea High School students Isabel Ehrhardt, Carissa Fitzlaff and Connor Larson. The show opens today.

John Fure and Aas direct the show, along with student directors Syne Barr and Bailey Ford. The directors said they paid special attention to having everything — set, costumes, music, lighting and furniture — work together to create a piece that flows.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. today and plays again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door.