Thornton Wilder’s Our Town – Full Theatrical Production
Fenimore Art Museum’s Glimmer Globe Theatre is preparing an exceptional season of live main stage productions in its Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater for the Summer of 2019: In July, we present William Shakespeare’s inflaming Taming of the Shrew, followed by Thornton Wilder’s beloved Our Town in August. This comes after profoundly successful productions of Macbeth (2015), The Crucible (2016), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017), Othello (2018), and The Importance of Being Earnest (2018) in the same venue.
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town has been among the top requested productions when we have polled audience interest in various contemporary productions – now we meet the demand. It follows the lives of various townsfolk living in a tight-knit community at the turn of the twentieth century. The story is one that most small villages in America identify with in some way, and Cooperstown offers countless parallels and connections that will move and delight. Director and casting to be determined in the near future – stay tuned!
Our audiences best describe their theater experience with us on Facebook:
“It’s mesmerizing – the acting and directing capture the essence of a story of love in difficult times, all against the backdrop of the beautiful lake and the museum. I attended the August 24th performance and was very moved. By any means, go.”
“Was fortunate to see The Crucible on a beautiful night. It was incredible. I was moved to tears. The acting was excellent. We are so fortunate to have this group offer very affordable, quality art!”
“What a great show! Make sure you catch this before the summer is over. I can’t say enough good things about the actors and the show! Phenomenal! Can’t wait to come back and catch another one!”
“My family and I just enjoyed this excellent performance! The characters and story were so engaging and the actors were exceptional! It was a beautiful night to enjoy theater under the stars!”
Our Town Dates: August 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28. All performances at 7 PM.
Our Town’ is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
Beth Templeton (Director): Beth Donohue Templeton is a professional actor and arts learning leadership specialist. She received her Masters of Science in Creativity Studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater combining coursework in Acting (NYU), Philosophy (Mills College) and Performance Studies (San Francisco State University). She is a founding member of Berkeley’s Shotgun Players and has performed on many local and regional stages including The Berkeley Repertory Theater, Magic Theater (SF), The Irish Classical Theater Company, Musicalfare, The Kavinoky Theater and Theatre of Youth. Beth spent a decade working with the Lincoln Center Institute as a teaching artist, trainer and curriculum designer for affiliates in California and New York and has created arts learning camps, classes, residencies and workshops for learners ages pre-K through adult. Beth has been adjunct faculty at the International center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) at Buffalo State College, the Fine Arts Program of NCCC and developed and implemented the Teaching Artist program of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, Beth performs in the Cardiff Medicine Show at the Farmers Museum and enjoys her role as acting teacher in the Brookwood Fine Arts Program. Beth wishes to thank the dedicated actors, artists, family and community members that came together to tell this delicately enduring story. And, as always, my own work is dedicated to my forever B and our two.
Joan Badgley, is a graduate of Hartwick College with a B.S. in Nursing and worked at Bassett Hospital as a Childbirth Educator thru the 70’s and early 80’s, and also as an Otsego County Public Health Nurse in its early years of existence. After leaving the nursing profession she became the owner of a local business in Cooperstown which she still maintains. She grew up in a home full of costumes, scripts, vaudeville skits and jokes since her jolly Irish father, who was employed at the General Electric in Schenectady New York during the 50’s, also wrote, produced, directed and acted in its yearly extravagant company talent revues- cast entirely with GE employees. It wasn’t until she was well on her way to her 70-year mark that her husband encouraged her to “try out her wings” by auditioning for a role in the Templeton Players during the summer months. She has since been cast in several of their productions (Box and Cox, The Anti Rent Wars, The Cardiff Medicine Show, A Christmas Carol), as well as the Fenimore’s NEXT! Staged Readings. Joan would like to say that “the greatest pleasure of this continuing journey has been and continues to be – learning from and working and sharing with all the talented and experienced actors, production managers and directors that ” make a story come alive.”
Judy Greenberg has happily returned to community theater since moving to Cooperstown 8 years ago. She is a member of the Templeton Players at The Farmers’ Museum, a participant in the NEXT! Play Reading Series, often an ensemble member in A Christmas Carol, and was hanged as Rebecca Nurse in the GlimmerGlobe production of The Crucible. She has portrayed a ghost at Hyde Hall and was lost in a time warp in The Philadelphia scene of All in the Timing Production with Catskill Community Players. She is delighted to participate in Our Town.
Marcus Hudson is a recent graduate of Hartwick College (’18) where he now works as an Assistant Director of Admissions. During his time at Hartwick he performed in several shows such as Eurydice (Orpheus), Twelfth Night (Sir Toby) and Hand To God (Tim), to name a few! He looks forward to doing more shows in the future and hopes you enjoy the show!
Sofia Jones is a Cooperstown native and an eight grader at Cooperstown Central School. Sofi has been in Glimmerglass Opera Companyproductions of The Little Prince (2017), The Odyssey (2018) and Noah’s Flood (2019). Sofi was a part of the 2019 Glimmer Globe Theater NEXT! Play Reading series as Claire in 6 by 1: Our Fragile Threads. Sofi also enjoys painting and drawing, and was a prize winner in the 2019 LEAF Art and Poetry contest youth category.
Gary Koutnik has done acting and directing since the eighth grade. His experience includes musicals, drama, comedy, one-acts in the round, summer stock, staged readings, guerilla theatre, cabaret-style melodrama, outdoor Shakespeare, pop-up vignettes, character tours, and lots of others. He’s appeared in many Fenimore and Farmer’s Museum productions, most recently as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and is currently in the cast of one of the Farmer’s Museum’s summer weekend 19th century farces. He directed one staged reading for Fenimore’s NEXT Staged Reading Series, and appeared in two others. Gary has written, directed, and produced the Ghost Tours at Hyde Hall. He is a retired educator, a Site Interpreter at Hyde Hall, and a County Representative. He lives in Oneonta with his wife Abbey; their two sons do complicated things with computers.
Mark Murphy was raised in Cooperstown and was very active in theatre in high school. Before graduating he achieved honor status in the Thespian Society. He was a member of the chorus in the inaugural production of the Glimmerglass Opera Company. This is his first stage performance since college.
Lissa Sidoli was last seen locally as Julia in Lend Me a Tenor with Stuff of Dreams Productions and as Sienna in Catskill Community Playersproduction of The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby. Lissa also performed with Stuff of Dreams/Bigger Boat in the role of Nora in Love, Loss and What I Wore and Emily Brent in And Then There Were None. And, she directed John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Lissa was thrilled to join Glimmer Globe Theater in summer 2018 for The Importance of Being Earnest in the role of Reverend Chasuble. Lissa participated in The Fenimore Art Museum’s NEXT! Play Reading Series as performer and director. She is also a singer/songwriter and enjoys open mics.
Emily Walling is a senior at SUNY Oneonta majoring in theatre. Her credits include The Good Person of Szechwan, Peter and the Starcatcher, Romeo and Juliet, The Exception and the Rule, and The Cardiff Medicine Show.