SILOAM SPRINGS – The Siloam Springs Center for the Arts production of “Our Town” premiered at the Chautauqua Amphitheater in downtown Siloam Springs on September 25th.
The show, free to the public, drew a large and enthusiastic audience.
Many familiar faces from the community were present in both the audience and the cast, which included several junior actors like Don Warden, director and historian at the Siloam Springs Museum; Jayme Amonson, staff member of Grace Episcopal Church in Siloam Springs; and Margaret Paulzine, volunteer at the Manna Center.
âIt’s my first time in a play, but it’s been on my bucket list for years,â Paulzine said.
A number of young actors also made their debuts, including Phoenix May, a 10th grade student at Don Tyson School of Innovation and an aspiring baker; Aidan Gayler, a ninth grade student and baseball and basketball player at Siloam Springs High School; and the youngest actor at 12, Paxton Weathers, a seventh year home student who enjoys everything from woodcarving to programming.
âI like having kids in my cast because I was that kidâ¦ I loved the theater and didn’t really have an outlet for it,â said director Jeremy Kelly, who is also a board member. administration of the SSCA. “If you’re a kid and you feel a bit like an outcast, find a theater company because we’re all morons. We all get along and everyone accepts people for who they are.”
âOur Town,â written by Thornton Wilder and first published and produced in 1938, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that has remained a staple of American community schools and theaters. At the time of its publication, the piece was considered extremely innovative due to the lack of accessories and settings. This is the cycle of life, love and death in a typical American small town.
The show marks the seventh production of the SSCA, which formed in 2018.
The SSCA is planning a Christmas-themed production for December and will be hosting a fundraiser with wine tasting – which will be a paid event – at Park House Kitchen + Bar on October 16.
Andrew Mobley / Special to the Herald-Leader The stage manager, played by Jeremy Weathers, describes the town of Grover’s Corners during the production of “Our Town” on Saturday presented by the Siloam Springs Center for the Arts.
Andrew Mobley / Special to the Herald-Leader Joe Crowell the paper boy, played by Phoenix May (left), gives a diary to Howie Newsome, played by Ian Bean (right), during the production of Siloam Springs Center for the Arts of “Our Town” Saturday night at the Chautauqua Amphitheater in downtown Siloam Springs.