Our Town by Thornton Wilder
October 11-14, 2018
This iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, a town much like our own. The Stage Manager--part tour guide, part omniscient orchestrator--ushers us through the past, present, and future while illuminating life’s precious details: a wave from the milkman, a chat with a neighbor, or a soda with friends. Children grow. Couples marry. And loved ones pass. This play reminds us to cherish each moment in life, no matter how small.
Meet the Actors
Jenna Arnold (Mrs. Soames) makes her GLT (and Greenwood) debut in this production. Originally from New York, Jenna owns and operates a dance and performing arts studio in Madison, Wisconsin and has recently joined the teaching team at ArtPlace. She has directed and choreographed over 15 full-scale musicals, and has worked with several Broadway productions.
Taylor Kent Buchanan (Howie Newsome) is a Greenwood native. He has been associated with several bands, as a singer and guitarist. He has been performing for 11 years. Taylor previously appeared on stage in GLT’s 2017 production, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.
Bonnie Gray (Mrs. Webb) Is originally from upstate New York. Now in Mississippi, this is Bonnie’s first stage appearance at Greenwood Little Theatre.
Cameron Griffin (Stage Manager) is a native and current resident of Cleveland, Mississippi where he’s been active in the theater since 2008. Cameron has appeared in several productions at GLT in recent years: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Rumors, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Producers. Cameron is a graphic designer.
Nichole Henry (Mrs. Gibbs) Is a native of Greenwood and currently serves as Vice President of Greenwood Little Theatre. Last season, Nichole directed, No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. You may remember her from past productions of Bus Stop, Dearly Beloved, Gypsy and The Buddy Holly Story. Nichole is a hair stylist and makeup artist at The Alluvian and owner of Reel Cosmetology.
Derek M Hinckley (Professor Willard) grew up in Orange, California. He moved to Greenwood in 2009 with Teach for America. Derek is an English Instructor at Mississippi Delta Community College. Though he served as the stage manager for the Turnrow Players’ 2015 production of Glengarry Glen Ross, this is his first time on stage since his third grade play.
Forrest Hodge (Simon Stimson) is Sales and Marketing Coordinator for the Greenwood-Convention and Visitors Bureau and has lived in Greenwood all his life. He’s an active GLT member, directed 2015’s The Butler Did It, and has appeared in several productions in recent years, such as The Producers, The Fox on the Fairway, The Good Doctor, and A Christmas Carol.
Emma Hodges (Wally Webb) is from Greenwood. She is in the seventh grade at Pillow Academy. This is her first ever production at Greenwood Little Theatre.
Steve Iwanski (Director/Dr. Gibbs) is the current President of Greenwood Little Theatre as well as the manager of Turnrow Books in Greenwood. He is the founder and director of the Greenwood Shakespeare Project, which will produce its fourth annual Summer Scene Fest for youth in July of 2019.
Brendan Pernell (George Gibbs) was born and raised in Greenwood and is home educated. He first appeared in GLT’s 2013 production of Curiosity Cat as “Sergeant Schultz.” He also played the role of “Billy” in the 2016 production of On Golden Pond. Most recently, Brendan has completed his third year participating in the Greenwood Shakespeare Summer Camp.
John Rose (Joe Stoddard) was born in Meridian, MS. He studied art and majored in Art Education at Delta State University. He teaches art in the Greenwood Public School system in Greenwood, Mississippi and created MonsterGrrls in 2001. He starred in A Christmas Carol as “Ebeneezer Scrooge” and took on multiple roles in Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play.
Dan Splaingard (Mr. Webb) is a first time actor, though his wife Rachel says he’s been working on drama for a good while. Dan is an architect with Beard + Riser in Greenwood. He likes to garden and notices a good deal about the birds.
Ashlyn Upchurch (Rebecca Gibbs) resides in Greenwood where she is in the ninth grade at Pillow Academy. This is Ashlyn’s first time to perform at Greenwood Little Theatre.
Julie Day Warren (Emily Webb) is a Greenwood native where she is in the eighth grade at Pillow Academy. She first appeared on stage during GLT’s 2012 production of Winnie the Pooh.
John Weiss (Constable Warren) resides in Greenwood and teaches at Mississippi Valley State University, directing University Choir, Valley Singers, and various vocal and music education classes. He most recently appeared on the GLT stage in Love Letters. He’s also played roles in On Golden Pond, The Good Doctor, Into the Woods and Moon Over Buffalo.
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