Welcome to Our Town by Thornton Wilder

•May 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to the official site of the Pulitzer prize-winning play Our Town produced by Houston Theatre Company and the University of St. Thomas.

On behalf of the cast and crew of Our Town by Thornton Wilder we thank you for visiting our website today to learn more about the cast and crew of Our Town.

Please note that proceeds from ticket sales to Our Town will be donated to the University of St. Thomas School of Nursing Program.

Tickets are $ 15.00 each ($12.00 each for University of St. Thomas students and faculty).

Tickets to Our Town may be purchased online at: http://houstontheatrecompany.ticketleap.com/our-town or at the Box Office.

Box Office, Discount Student and Faculty of the University of St. Thomas and General Information 713-478-9421

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Performance Location and Dates:

University of St. Thomas / Jones Hall / 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, Texas  77006-4626

Friday, July 13, 2012 / 8:00pm

Saturday, July 14, 2012 / 8:00pm

Friday, July 20, 2012 / 8:00pm

Saturday, July 21, 2012 / 8:00pm

Friday, July 27, 2012 / 8:00pm

Saturday, July 28, 2012 / 8:00pm

About Houston Theatre Company

•May 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Houston Theatre Company is a professional theatre company. Our mission is to promote awareness and raise funds for non-profit organizations in the Houston Area. We partner with existing theatre venues in Houston to promote the performance arts in Houston.

About the Playwright: Thornton Wilder

•May 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Thornton Niven Wilder was born in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 1897, the son of Amos Parker Wilder and Isabella Niven Wilder. His twin brother died at birth, and Wilder grew up with an older brother, Amos, and three younger sisters, Charlotte, Isabel, and Janet. This multi-talented family lived in China for a time, where Amos Parker Wilder was U.S. consul general to Hong Kong and Shanghai

. Thornton Wilder began writing as a boy. He finished high school in California, attended Oberlin College in Ohio, and received his undergraduate degree at Yale and his graduate degree at Princeton. By the time he died on December 7, 1975, at his home in Hamden, Connecticut, Thornton Wilder was an American icon, and an internationally famous playwright and novelist. To this day, his works are read, performed and appreciated by audiences worldwide.

Cast and Crew: Our Town

•May 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Produced and Directed by Louis Provenzano

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Stage Manager: Brandon Hobratschk

Emily Webb: Anna Drake

George Gibbs: Tyler Thomas

Mr. Webb: Tim Taylor

Mrs. Webb: Candi Rae Boehme

Dr. Gibbs: Edmund Pantuliano

Mrs. Gibbs: Ajna Jaisinghani

Howie Newsome/Fully Fry

Simon Stimson/Professor Willard/: Ron Drumm

Constable Warren/Joe Stoddard/John Zipay

Mrs. Soames: Sue Beth Fry

Si Crowell/Baseball Player: Sadie Myers/Michael

Rebecca Gibbs: Tinsley Maier

Women in Balcony: Roseann Provenzano

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Lighting and Sound: Craig Trauschke

Director: Louis Provenzano is pleased to return to the campus of the University of St. Thomas as the director of  Our Town the Pulitzer Prize Winning play by Thornton Wilder . Louis received his undergraduate and graduate degree’s from UST and is honored to support the School of Nursing through his participation in this production. He would also like to thank the cast and crew of Our Town for their support and encouragement.

Louis is an award-winning writer, producer and director of many local and national television and radio commercials. In addition to his advertising agency responsibilities Louis is also an accomplished actor and  was last seen in Death of a Salesman in the role of Willie Loman.  Louis was also seen in the Clear Creek Community Theatre production of Our Town in the role of Mr. Webb, Dr. Armstrong in the Agatha Christie Mystery And Then There Were None at Pasadena Little Theatre, Dr. Ernie Cusack in the Neil Simon comedy Rumors at Country Playhouse, and the Jury Foreman in the Pasadena Little Theatre production of 12 Angry Jurors. Other stage appearances include Lt. Roony in Arsenic and Old Lace, Hercule Peroit in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee and, at Clear Creek Community Theatre in the role of Mr. Scrooge’s long-suffering accountant Bob Crachit in A Country Christmas Carol. Louis has written and performs Prepare the Way of the Lord, a play based on the life of St. John the Baptist and, The Conversion of St. Paul a play based on the last days of St. Paul. Louis is married, the father of three children and is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church.

In addition to his love of the performing arts Louis is an accomplished painter. His work is featured online at www.ArtProvenzano.wordpress.com / email: proagency@gmail.com

Stage Manager: Brandon Hobratschk  feels truly honored to reprise this venerable role. He last performed the role in October of 2010 at Clear Creek Theatre. Brandon has performed in 37 productions in and around the Houston area since 2005. Favorite credits include Vincent Cradeau (No Exit), John Proctor (The Crucible), Ron Miller (Breaking the Code), Harold Dobbs (Proof), Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Witness for the Prosecution) and Fagin (Oliver!). He holds BA Magna cum Laude degrees from Southwestern University at Georgetown, TX and also completed one year of specialized study at Oxford University in England. He is also a proud member of the Freemasons (Holland Lodge #1, Houston). Brandon wishes to thank his girlfriend Beth and his family for all of their love and support. Blake, I couldn’t be more proud of you!! Brandon wishes to dedicate this performance to his hometowns of Sealy and La Grange, TX; two small towns much like Grover’s Corners. Non quis sed quid.

Anna

Emily Webb: Anna Drake will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall as a freshman. She will be obtaining a degree in theatre and broadcast journalism and a minor in psychology. She has been involved in theatre for 6 years and her previous show credits include Little Women as Jo, The Pajama Game as Gladys, Diviners as Darlene, I Remember Mama as Christine, and many more. She is thrilled to be a part of this production of Our Town and would like to dedicate her performance to her family and friends.

George Gibbs: Tyler Thomas is currently a junior year Theatre major at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills Kentucky.  He has appeared in such roles as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  A Houston native and Second Baptist alumni he played in the orchestra for all of his high school’s musicals and served as the Timpanist for Second Baptist’s Woodway Campus church orchestra for three years.  He is thrilled and thankful to be in this production of Our Town.

Howie Newsome/Fully Fry is a veteran actor of many local theatre productions in and around the Houston area. He is very happy to be supporting the University of St. Thomas and to be working with many of his fellow actors he has shared the stage with over the years.

Mrs. Webb: Candi Rae Boehme is very excited to perform in this production of “Our Town” at UST.  She appreciates the opportunity to meet new people and work with some others that she has had the privilege of working with numerous times.  Candi is pleased knowing the funds raised by this production are going to such great causes.

Candi calls Pasadena Little Theatre home.  There she has worked in eight plays, several in which she acted and was assistant stage manager.  Candi has been seen most recently as Glad Hand in Westside Story.  Before this she performed in Our Little Town of Christmas, Light up the Sky, Getting Sarah Married, And then there were None, Murder in Bloom, and the Young Man from Atlanta.

Her most favorite role to date was Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday.  It was a great role and she had a blast becoming this blonde bomb-shell that believed she was not smart and proved everyone wrong. She would also like to thank the amazing cast and crew assembled for Our Town for their dedication and hard work on this great theatre production.

Mr. Webb:  Timothy Taylor has acted in several productions at different venues over the years.  These include An American Sunset (Mr. Upton), The Taming of the Shrew (Curtis, servant to Petruchio), Lady Windemere’s Fan (Mr. Dumby), And Then There Were None (Captain Philip Lombard ), Getting Sarah Married (Noogie), Light Up The Sky  (Tyler Rayburn), The Little Town of Christmas (Narrator) and West Side Story (Detective Schrank).  Tim’s favorite role to date was as Harry Brock, the crooked “self-made”millionaire junk man, in Born Yesterday.  He has been seen locally in the majority of these productions at Pasadena Little Theatre.  Tim is honored to work with such a great group of people in a very special production of this classic play at the University of St. Thomas.

Simon Stimson/Professor Willard: Ron Drumm is a Houston native, who has worked in community theatre since the 1960′s.  He followed his passion for theatre in Los Angeles, where he attended Cal State at Los Angeles and in San Francisco where he lived for 20 years.  After returning to Houston in 1996 Ron continued to perform in local theatre productions in various roles.  Most recently Ron has been seen in Pasadena Little Theatre’s production of WEST SIDE STORY.  He is thrilled to be reunited with many of his close friends and fellow actors in this production. He jumped at the opportunity to perform in Thornton Wilders pulitzer prize play OUR TOWN, as it is one more play on his bucket list.

 Mrs. Gibbs: Ajna Jaisinghani could not be more excited making her Houston debut in the pulitzer prize winning play OUR TOWN at the University of St. Thomas Jones Hall. She is currently a second year conservatory student at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Where she last performed as OLIVIA in the 2012 Shakespeare Benefit and plans to do much more. She would like to thank the theatre cast and her family for all the wonderful support.

Dr. Gibbs: Edmund Pantuliano has been active in many local theatre productions and was last seen in the role of Stanley/Charley in Death of a Salesman. Edmund was also seen in the role of Dr. Gibbs in the Clear Creek Community Theatre production of Our Town. Edmund studied music and voice at the Berkle College of Music and is a recording artist.

Mrs. Soames/: Sue Beth Fry like most people who work in the theatre, she enjoys being someone else on stage. Lately, however, she seems to be relegated to being housekeepers, someones mother, an older relative or, like in this production of Our TOWN a loud busy-body gossipy neighbor. So much for being someone else.

Joe Stoddard/Constable Warren: John J. Zipay has been appearing on stage in and around the Houston area for the past 25 years. The very first time he set foot on stage was an acting class at the University of St. Thomas on the top floor of Jones Hall, so this feels like a long homecoming. Some of John’s favorite roles include Mr. Roat in Wait Until Dark, Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Master Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap and Owen inThe Foreigner. He would like to thank Louis for his enlightened and patient direction and the other members of the cast and crew for making this show a wonderful experience.

Si Crowell: Sadie Myers is involved in many aspects of the performing arts. She was recently seen in the Pearland Theatre Guild production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and has played various roles in many local productions. Sadie is an accomplished dancer, singer gymnast and aspiring model.

Tinsley Maier: Tinsley has appeared in local theatre production including the Alley Theatre Production of A Christmas Carol, The Drowsy Chaperone at Wildfish Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wizard of Oz as well as many school production. Tinsley received her training at the Academy at Theatre Under the Stars Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre, Master Audition Class, Music Theory Workshop, Houston Family Arts Center, The Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, and Houston Academy of Dance. Tinsley is an honor student and enjoys playing softball, creative writing, video production and photography.

Si Crowell: Michael L. Benitez was born and raised in Katy,Tx. He comes from a Cuban background and is attending Houston Community College for his second year, Acting in first. He is an aspiring film actor who has done theatrical plays during his Junior High and High School years. His recent work was as an extra in the short film of Chance27. This will be his first professional play as Si Crowell. His goal is to become a great film actor as Marlon Brando, James Dean, or Orson Wells to inspire others out of his passion. “I would like to thank deeply the director, Louis Provenzeno, for this grand opportunity to work with him and the our fantastic cast. I pray that this production is the first of many. 

 
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