Evangel University presents Our Town

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –The Evangel University Humanities Department will present Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. in The Barnett Theatre.

The play is under the direction of Dr. Vickie Wisdom, associate professor of theatre.

“We are anticipating sold-out crowds for each show as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of this seminal, Pulitzer Prize-winning play,” said Wisdom.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for EU students. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 417-865-2815, ext. 8640.

The Barnett Fine Arts Center is just south of the Spence Chapel, facing North Glenstone Ave.


“Wilder insisted that his work be produced with a minimal set and allow the audience to follow the story through pantomime, limited set pieces, and the constant presence of the ‘stage manager’ who functions as the narrator throughout the play,” said Wisdom.

Act I invites the audience to enter into Grover’s Corners, located in New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century, and meet the residents of this quaint town. This first act focuses on life and the relationships individuals build throughout their time in Grover’s Corners.

Act II reminds us of romantic love and how God intended for most to live “two by two.”

In Act III, we are faced with the reality that death is inevitable and as we move from life to death, there is an eternal component that is evident in scriptures and in our understanding of the afterlife.

The Cook Fund — Theatre at Evangel

Since 2010, major productions of Evangel’s Theatre Program have been generously underwritten in
part by the Gary D. & Janet S. Cook Theatre Production Fund, which was established as a seed fund by the Cooks to support the technical and visual aspects of the stage environment. Dr. Gary Cook graduated from Evangel with a speech-and-drama major in 1961, and he established the Fund in honor of his wife.

Thanks to their support, Evangel has been able to produce major productions in recent years ranging from Hello, Dolly! (Spring 2011) and The Music Man (Spring 2017) to classic plays such as King Lear (Spring 2012) and The Crucible (Spring 2016).

The theatre major at Evangel provides instruction in theatre history, literary appreciation, dramatic interpretation and performance skills. Theatre majors complete 36-38 credits, with practical experiences in acting, directing, set design and costume design. The program recently added musical theatre to the mix, so opportunities exist for students with a wide range of theatrical interests.

For more information on the theatre program at Evangel University, email Dr. Vickie Wisdom at wisdomv

Evangel University, which includes the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 17 master’s and doctoral degrees.


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