Punxsy Theatre Arts Guild presents ‘Skin of Our Teeth’

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For its summer show, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. offers a unique production that alternately arouses thought, laughter and a variety of emotions.

Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2 at the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. A matinee has been set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The busy troupe will then move to the Verna Leith Sawmill Theater in Cook Forest where shows will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 6-9.

Throughout history, humans have demonstrated an amazing capacity to endure everything from natural disasters to recessions, depressions and plagues among other dangers. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway classic, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” pays tribute to humanity’s perseverance and optimism as Wilder depicts the story of the Antrobus family from the Ice Age to the Great Flood to the aftermath of a great war.

Combining elements of the Bible, classical literature and popular culture, the three-act satiric fantasy weaves together a panoramic view of the average American family “at grips with a destiny, sometimes sour, sometimes sweet,” Wilder observed. “Alternately bewitched, befuddled, and becalmed, they are the stuff of which heroes are made — heroes and buffoons.”

Under the leadership of Jef Dinsmore, veteran Guild director, the experienced cast in the leading roles includes Kathy S. Dinsmore (Sabina); Doug Fye (Mr. Antrobus); Debra Dinsmore (Mrs. Antrobus); Laura Chelgren (Gladys Antrobus); and Jef Dinsmore (Henry Antrobus).  

In supporting roles are Timothy Lee Cooper (Mr. Fitzpatrick/Judge); Sandy Hill-Gearhart (Fortune Teller/Professor/Bailey); Alexa Valkosky (Telegraph Boy/Miss M. Muse); Pat Starzenski (Doctor/Bingo Caller); Alice S. Morris (Miss E. Muse/Hester); Mallory Croasman (Miss T. Muse/Broadcast Official); Elissa Hill (Mammoth/Ivy); Sierra Dinger (Dinosaur/Miss Tremayne); and Terry A. Fye (Announcer/Homer). 
Matt Dinsmore will once again be the stage manager, assisted by Terry Studebaker, technician.

“This show offers something for everyone,” Jef Dinsmore said. “Mr. Wilder has created a witty take on the story of mankind that will make for funny, yet thoughtful theater. This show deserves to be done and to be seen. I hope to see many people at the performances.” 

The local production of “The Skin of Our Teeth” is presented by arrangements with Samuel French Inc.