Learning to see like the saints and poets

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Alyssa Johnson and Nick Neddo make their first romantic connections as leads Emily Webb and George Gibbs in the Celtic production of Our Town. The play open March 15. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Alyssa Johnson and Nick Neddo make their first romantic connections as leads Emily Webb and George Gibbs in the Celtic production of Our Town. The play open March 15. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The actors in McNary High School’s production of Our Town want your undivided attention for their upcoming run. But their goal is make you leave the Ken Collins Theater appreciating everything you took for granted before you walked in.

The Thornton Wilder play depicts some days in the lives of fictional Grover’s Corners residents centering on Alyssa Johnson’s Emily Webb and Nick Neddo’s George Gibbs. It’s told without a set or props, but that is part of the play’s bag of tricks.

The thing that brought the play to life for Johnson and Neddo was an exercise that involved passing around a red ball while rehearsing their lines.


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