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All My Sons


WWU Junior Jon Meyer with community member Suzy Johnston.

WWU Junior Jon Meyer with community member Suzy Johnston.

Last weekend, the William Woods University Theatre Department performed its third mainstage show this year: a drama called All My Sons by Arthur Miller. This was a unique production because it involved several members from the community in addition to the William Woods students who auditioned. The community members, ranging in age from twelve to over sixty-five, helped make the characters' age ranges much more believable.

All My Sons is about two families from the World War II era. Joe Keller and Steve Deever, the two fathers, ran a successful business that manufactured many products used in the war, until one day Joe authorized Steve to process a shipment of faulty airplane cylinders which, once put into use, caused over twenty airplane pilots to crash. While both men were originally convicted, Joe Keller was soon exonerated and allowed to return home. Steve, on the other hand, had to continue serving time behind bars. In reality, Joe was the truly guilty party - remember, he instructed Steve to process the shipment - but he successfully placed the blame on his partner for selfish reasons.

The entire cast posing after curtain call!

The entire cast posing after curtain call!

The play tells the stories of the children of the two families, along with Mr. and Mrs. Keller, being reunited three years after one of the Keller sons' plane went missing and he was deemed MIA. The remaining son is now determined to marry the other family's daughter, Ann, who had previously been in a relationship with the now-missing son. Mrs. Keller was greatly opposed to this union, as she firmly believed her missing son was still alive somewhere and that, therefore, it was absolutely wrong of her other son to take the former's girl. Obviously, these intertwined familial relationships caused great stress for everyone involved. Tensions continue to rise and more information is gradually revealed until finally, at the end of the show, the audience learns that Joe Keller is truly the guilty one; Mr. Deever, the man who had been serving time for the past three years, was, in fact, innocent.

Community member Suzy Johnston (left) and WWU sophomore Laura Liebhart (right).

Community member Suzy Johnston (left) and WWU sophomore Laura Liebhart (right).

As you've probably guessed by now, this was a very serious play. Everyone involved did a wonderful job - dedicating three hours a night to rehearsal for such a heavy show can be incredibly draining, but the entire cast kept their energy up and delivered four successful performances. It sounds like the audience was very appreciative of the show every single night, too, which is always good!

Monday and Tuesday, auditions were held for the fourth and final mainstage production, a hilarious farce called Perfect Wedding. I did audition for this one, and I got cast as Rachel, the bride! We had our first read-through last night. I'm so excited for this show! It's going to be absolutely hysterical. This show isn't until the last weekend in April, though, so I will write more about it when we get closer!


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