AllAgesView – Our Town

By Leia Johnson

For the past couple of weeks, I have been involved in a wonderful production called “Our Town”. Thomas Downey High School and our lovely director, Mr. Johnson are putting this show on. It is a production about life, love, family and growing up in the early 1900’s. If you saw either of Downey’s productions from last year, you probably remember August Eppler (Senior) from his amazing performances as Conrad Birdie in Bye-Bye-Birdie or as Orin Scrivello (The Dentist) in Little Shop of Horrors. August says that through Downey Drama, he has become more confident in everyday situations and a great public speaker. You can come see August kill another role as Charles Webb this month. Downey Drama and Mr. Johnson have given many students an automatic family and an incredible High School experience. Downey has sadly lost a couple of programs due to lack of funds but by coming and seeing our productions, you will be helping our program thrive forever. If you can make it to the first weekend of performances, do it because I guarantee that you will want to come back the following weekend. It is said that high school students can’t do this production because they don’t understand what nostalgia is like. I can assure you that with the help of Mr. Johnson, our actors can bring you to tears. It’s Marisa Seaman’s (senior) first Downey production and is incredibly excited about this cast. “It’s a lot of work, but completely worth it because of the memories we make and the finish product that we put together”, Marisa says. Downey is known for their amazing theatre program and the students work for that title. “Our cast is very loud funny and there are lots of big personalities that mix together really well”, she continues. You can see Marissa as Julia Gibbs and August on October 16, 17, 23, and 24th at 7:30 and October 25 at 2:30 at Downey High School. I will be at every production for sure so make sure to stop by and say hello to me! Hope to see you there. If you aren’t into the Drama scene, be sure to see a high school water polo, soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country, or football game!



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