“Our Town,” the classic drama by Thornton Wilder, will be performed by the teens and youth of Chino Community Children’s Theatre for one weekend only with a 7 p.m. debut Thursday, July 11 and continuing until Sunday, July 14 at the Seventh Street Theatre.
Children’s Theatre publicity director Dona Rice described the play as a heart-warming and heart-breaking drama set in the small town of Grover’s Corners and told in three acts: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Eternity.
The audience will follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and die, she said.
Director Dave Coleman said the play is as relevant today as it was when it was written because its themes are universal: life and humanity, love and loss, seeing and loving one another, and paying attention to what matters most.
Mr. Coleman said life is moving faster than ever and while the internet brings us closer together in a global community, it also pulls us further apart.
Political divides are increasing and conversations becoming heated while kindness and personal reflection take a back seat to being right or getting more “likes” on social media, he said.
“I feel nostalgia for a time when we listened to the birds, when we watched the stars, when we gathered together as a family around a fire or the dinner table and told stories or sang songs,” Mr. Coleman said.
“I thought it was important to share this story and these lessons with a younger generation,” he said.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. July 11, 12, and 13; and 2:30 p.m. July 13 and 14.
Tickets are $10 and available at the box office at 13123 Seventh St. or online at chinocommunitythe atre.org.
Ms. Rice said children’s shows sell out quickly and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
Seventh Street Theatre is located at 13123 Seventh St., Chino.
Information: 590-1149 or social media @CCCTB buzz.