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“Our Town” uses a minimal set and props and relies instead upon its characters to tell the story. (Courtesy photos)

Director: It is about our town

LYNDEN — The classic Thornton Wilder play “Our Town,” directed by Mijo Stumpf, is the Lynden Performing Arts Guild’s next production, opening Feb. 7. Productions are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24.

“Our Town” is the 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning story of home, love and loss.

This is the director’s summary: “We are introduced to the lives of the residents of Grover’s Corners as they invite us into their daily lives, their weddings, their funerals, their thoughts and their dreams. Through the lens of the ordinary lives of two families and their community, we discover what truly matters in life.”

Bringing this show to life, Lynden native Stumpf  is making her directorial debut at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre. She also heads the summertime Clear Space Youth Repertory at the Claire. Mijo has long been involved with the theater in both acting and directing.

On why she wanted to direct this particular show, she said, “The more I read ‘Our Town,’ the more I realize how important this play is to Lynden, my hometown. As I am taken through the opening words of the Stage Manager’s monologue, I see our mountain, our churches, Front Street, our farmland, our train tracks, our schools, this theatre, and my little house by the middle school. As I read, I feel like Lynden jumps into the text of this play, or maybe the play becomes the town. It is for this reason that I asked to produce this show. It is, in a way, a love letter to every hometown. Today, ‘Our Town’ is about ours.”

With minimal set and props, the cast of the show is responsible for bringing the characters to life. The audience will see some familiar faces including Ken Dalena, Riley Meyers, Sarah Miller, Alan Peet, Dale Ross, Laura Williams-French and Bill Akers.

As Mr. Wilder said of his work, “What is trivial and what is significant about any one person’s making a breakfast, engaging in a domestic quarrel, in a ‘love scene,’ in dying? [Our Town] is an attempt to find a value, above all, a price for the smallest events in our daily life.”

Tickets are on sale at the theater box office from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday starting Jan. 29, or by calling 360-354-4425 during those hours. Tickets are also available online at www.theclaire.org.

The Lynden Preforming Arts Guild is an all-volunteer organization that makes stage productions accessible to the Whatcom County community. The guild offers many opportunities for volunteer involvement, from performance to stage production, costuming to ushering for the shows.