If you go
What: "Our Town"
When: 8 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, and Oct. 3-5
Where: Capitol Center Theater
Tickets: $15 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, at the door
The cast: Nid Tidquist as the Stage Manager, Mariah Plante as Emily, Michael Tighe as George, and a supporting cast that includes Maddy Ranson, Patrick Felton, Caitlin Moore, Matthew Connelly, Beth Chambers, Siercia O'Brien, Kat Johnson, Leon Alexander, Austin Lowe, Neil Gandee, Lisa Gandee, Angle Gandee, Olivia King and Bob Bird.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mariah Plante first read Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" when she was 14 and she loved it so much, her copy became dog-eared and highlighted as she broke down the role of Emily Webb.
So it's fair to say that when the George Washington High school senior takes the stage at Capitol Center Theater in the same role, she's well prepared.
"I've always really loved this play," she said.
Plante found her place on stage at just 13, when she performed with the Charleston Light Opera Guild production of "Gypsy."
She's not taken a break since then.
"I always really had an urge to perform. I wanted people to see what I could do," Plante said. And though she was an avid soccer player for many years, too, she realized theater was her calling — so much so that she plans to major in theater in college and is hoping to be accepted to Barnard College in New York.
Plante has challenged herself in a variety of roles, both in musicals and straight plays. She also was part of GW's improvisational comedy troupe and studies voice with Debbie Lucas.
She said she was "ecstatic" at the opportunity to be a part of Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, this one produced by the Contemporary Youth Arts Company.