MCC Studio 84 Presents "Our Town"

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 6, 2005) -  MCC Studio 84 Productions opens its 40th anniversary season with the stage classic, Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, in Neel Performing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, MCC Bradenton. Performances are 8 p.m., Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1.

Kenneth Erickson Jr. will direct the simple but powerful story of love, marriage and death in a small New England village at the beginning of the 20th century. The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1938.

"I can't think of a better way to begin our 40th season. Whether you are discovering first love, learning to be a good spouse and parent, or realizing the frailty of life, Our Town's utter timelessness makes it a true American classic," said Erickson.

Shawn Watkins will play the stage manager/narrator and Ben Adams and Molly Healy will play the young lovers. Ryan Dowd Urch, Kali Blankenship, Moira Carroll and Joshua Fishbein play their respective parents. Appearing as various Grover's Corner townspeople are Stephen Ananicz, Brad Campbell, Adam Condor, Kennedy Cranford, Matthew DeSear, Gabi Guinta, Griffin Guinta, Nathan James, Hunter Kallenbach, K.S. Klos, Andrea Petsinger, Megan Sisk, Michael Swinehart, Aly Taylor, Stephanie Troyer and Jennifer Woll.

General admission is $8. Tickets are $4 for MCC students and staff. For more information, call the Neel Performing Arts Center box office at (941) 752-5252.

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