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'Our Town' life lessons resonate with SCHS performers
By FRED SWEGLES



San Clemente High School's drama department this week is presenting Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Our Town" in the Triton Center on campus. We asked drama students Emily Czaja and Ryan Steel, who narrate the play, for a few insights:

Q. What emotions can audiences expect to experience?

A. Czaja: This show is very thought-provoking, so I would imagine and hope that the audience can expect to feel compelled to reflect on their own lives and relationships.

Steel: This show is entirely based on character and relationships, rather than spectacles. Hopefully the audience will be able to relate to the characters' strife or sympathize with them.

Q. What is the story line?

A. Czaja: "Our Town" follows a town, Grover's Corners, specifically two families as they grow up in life and learn about themselves at the beginning of the 20th century.

Steel: It's not as much about a story or a conflict; it's more about people, familiar faces and relationships. It's a show where you get excited to see your favorite character come back onstage.

Q. How does the story unfold?

A. Czaja: The story is divided in three acts, with three years passing before the second act and nine years before the third act.

Steel: There are three acts dividing the story into sections about life, rebirth, pleasure and death.

Q. What did it teach you?

A. Czaja: I learned to appreciate life and all the little things we don't notice in today's fast-paced world.

Steel: Human beings will never fully appreciate the fact that they were ever endowed with life.

Q. Why does "Our Town" resonate with audiences today?

A. Czaja: "Our Town" is about everyday life, its ups and downs, its challenges and rewards. You'll be able to relate, no matter where you're from or how old you are.

Steel: Audiences like to root for something. They like to find a character they can identify with. This show is all killer, no filler in that department.

Q. What's your favorite scene?

A. Czaja: The soda-shop scene between George and Emily. That kind of young love is timeless.

Steel: The third act. From the get-go, every bit of dialogue, every action moves the story forward in some way or another. It doesn't hesitate, it captivates. It's what the entire play had been building up to, and it doesn't disappoint.

Contact the writer: fswegles@ocregister.com or 949-492-5127






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