Young Company’s ‘The Glass Menagerie’ opens Aug. 21

MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater’s Young Company takes on Tennessee Williams when they perform his great American classic play “The Glass Menagerie” Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. This classic play focuses on the Wingfield family: Southern matriarch Amanda and her children, the restless poet Tom and the damaged introvert Laura.
The THT Young Company includes 11 actors, which is rare for a four-character play. “The play is a memory play,” says Lindsay Pontius, THT’s Education Director and co-director of the production. “Williams is such a brilliant writer and this is his most autobiographical play. He has endowed each character with his memory and also part of himself, making it a brilliant and delicate tribute to humanity. As perspectives and memory shift so does the casting.”
The actors range in age from twelve to fifty-four and are training together as an ensemble. “The Glass Menagerie” was Williams’s first great popular success and has been performed multiple times on Broadway. The latest version starred Sally Field as Amanda.
The Young Company cast includes Talin Teague, Abigail Stafford, Sophie Pope-McCright, Devyn Pratt, Amanda Kearns, Theo Wells-Spackman, Tim Hansen, Noah Sabourin, Jack Wallace and Jack Desbois. It is co-directed by Kendra Gratton and Lindsay Pontius and stage managed by Catherine Isham.
Tickets are $15 adults/$5 for children 12 and under and are available at the THT Box Office at 802-382-9222, townhalltheater.org, or in person Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m., at 68 S. Pleasant Street in Middlebury.

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