Wednesday, September 23, 2009

In the Wings: Our Town. Meet Isaiah Hale.


Isaiah Hale plays Doctor Gibbs in Our Town, the first production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Thornton Wilder.

Before auditions for Our Town, Isaiah checked out the script from the library.

"I wanted to be prepared to audition and take on a role that had more emotion and a larger purpose to the action of the play," he said.

Isaiah said Doctor Gibbs "is an average man who likes to study the Civil War in his free time. He takes pride in himself on being an expert on the subject. He also wants his family - Mrs. Gibbs, George and Rebecca - to function normally. He's a bit hard on George, but perhaps he had been less attentive as a younger boy and wants George to do better."

Isaiah concluded by describing what an audience will remember most about Our Town.

"They'll remember the change between the first two acts and the third," he said. "The first two acts show a simpler kind of life and happy times. The third act is sadder and more profound because it makes people think about how they live their lives and what they cherish and consider important."

Our Town runs from Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m.; the show on Sunday afternoon begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

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