Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In the Wings: Our Town. Meet Sarah Buckser.

Sarah Buckser plays Professor Willard 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.

When she auditioned for the show, Sarah had a plan that didn't quite work out as she expected.

"I didn't want to act in the play, but I really wanted to be on the technical crew. I decided to audition, thinking that I wouldn't get a role and then I could be on the crew. But I got a role anyway," Sarah said. "Being on stage is very different from being in the booth. You get to know the actors a lot better than when you're on the crew. Both acting and working on the crew are different, but both are fun."

Sarah described Professor Willard and her contributions to the play.

"Professor Willard is a bit of an oddball who works at a nearby university," Sarah said. "During the play, she provides background information about Grover's Corners, New Hampshire - anthropological, meteorogical, things like that."

Sarah said the audience will remember Act III of the play.

"Emily has a monologue about how the concept of living sort of wears off after a person has died," she said. "Even though there's something eternal, it isn't necessarily a good thing."

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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