Chamber Events

Paraphrase Productions Presents: Our Town, Dinner Theater

Event Date: Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2019 at 5:30 PM to 4:15 PM

Venue: Jewell Park
Location: Forest & Central Avenues
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Paraphrase Productions Presents: Our Town, Dinner Theater

Media Contact: Emily Castro

(831) 607-8422


Paraphrase’s Our Town Shines a Light on Pacific Grove

Our Town will be performed in Pacific Grove at Jewell Park on October 11-13, produced by Paraphrase Productions. Thornton Wilder’s beloved 1938 play is an homage to small town life. Paraphrase’s rendition will extend its relevance to the Pacific Grove community.

The story follows two young neighbors, Emily Webb and George Gibbs, as they come of age and fall in love. Set in the early 20th century, this play-within-a-play is an immersive commentary on the cycle of life. Its unexpected and compelling conclusion invites audiences to cherish life as it is being lived, and to deeply love those around them. 

“What makes the play so meaningful is its attention to the details, the slice of life moments,” says Victoria Sanchez, one of the play’s directors.

“Our Town is about a simple life, in a simple place. And when you fall in love with something like that, it makes you fall in love with your simple life and your simple place all the more.” 

Our Town will be produced as a dinner theatre experience. Bridge Catering will provide the homestyle main course at tables positioned around Jewell Park. Audience members can also choose to bring their own food, folding chairs, and blankets, and enjoy a picnic during the performance. Local musicians Vincent Randazzo and Chelsea Riddle will provide live musical accompaniment before and throughout the performance. In contrast to the non-musical style in which Our Town is traditionally performed, this innovative production will be infused with folk music and choreographed dance.

Victoria Sanchez and Camrin E. Dannelly are partnering to co-direct the play. Dannelly, who has been heavily involved with local dance companies, is serving as choreographer. This play will be Sanchez’s directorial debut on the Monterey Peninsula.

“Pacific Grove has become my home, and this is my thank you. I am living a simple life, in a lovely place. And I want people to see the ways I feel it is extraordinary,” says Sanchez.

“Falling in love with Emily Webb is falling in love with childlike wonder and big dreams and the courage to want more. Loving George is loving hard work, and prioritizing people above comfort or status. I want the people of this peninsula to feel these things, because they have brought these feelings to me.”

Our Town is Paraphrase Productions’ first installment in its premiere full-year season. Previously specializing in summer productions, the five-year-old company is expanding to produce high quality, thought-provoking shows year-round.

Three performances of Our Town will run October 11-13 at Jewell Park, at the corner of Central. Ave. and Grand Ave. in Pacific Grove. Performances will begin at 5 pm.

Tickets range from $30 to $60, including dinner packages, and can be purchased at