The Town of Newton Performs Thornton Wilder’s Our Town!

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Group Adult Photo:


ImageSitting:  Abby Lass, Maisie Bernstein

Standing:  Melissa Bernstein, Director, Isabel Snyder, Hannah Nahar, Michael DeNitto, Julie

Plaut Mahoney, Richard DeNitto, Jessica McGettrick, Kathryn DeNitto, Ralph Ranalli



On Sunday, October 27 at 2:00pm in the auditorium at Newton City Hall , 100 members of the Newton Cultural Center Players will help inaugurate the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall with a production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Featuring a multi-generational cast of actors ranging in age from 9 into the 70’s, Melissa Bernstein, Director and Founder of the Players has triple-cast each part to include as many local Newtonites as possible.  Different actors play the same character in each of the three acts.  The cast includes a range of local professional actors as well as some Newton residents who have never acted before, but have always wanted to give it a try.

Mayor Setti Warren makes his acting debut as the Mayor of Grover’s Corners.  Other notable Newton actors include Joel Stembridge, Principal of Newton South High School (NSHS), and his son, John; Alan Reinstein, NSHS English teacher, will be acting along with his daughter Rebecca and son Ben.  4th grade Zervas teacher Chris O’Rourke will play the role of Mr. Webb in Act 1 and his son Finn will play Mr. Webb’s son, Wally. Richard DeNitto, a senior at NSHS joins his parents Michael and Kathryn who play Dr. Gibbs and Mrs. Soames, respectively.



Drama teachers from Oak Hill, Bigelow, Day, Brown, NSHS and NNHS are participating including Adam Brown, Chair of North’s Theatre Ink and Jeff Knoedler, Chair of South’s South Stage Ink.  Students from Newton elementary schools, middle schools and high schools all have roles. Jaime Albert, Director of Bigelow Middle School Chorus will direct the “Our Town” Community Choir.


A show highlight is an interactive wedding where audience members are encouraged to mingle and enjoy a reception replete with festive music and delicious food provided by WholeFoods Market and Crudite Creations of Newton.


Group Kids Photo:


Finn O’Rourke, Becca Reinstein, Molly Greenwold, Maisie Bernstein, Abby Lass, Ben



The Newton Cultural Center Players is a program of the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs with support from Newton Community Pride.


To purchase tickets for Newton Performs Our Town go to:


Bob Larner who plays Constable Warren and Alan Reinstein plays Simon Simpson, the town

choir leader.

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