”Keeping Time,” Groton’s 350th theater production, is now part of our history. A town came together for two final performances on Sept. 22 and 23 as Native Americans shared their story and Groton history lessons were learned. Generations of people connected during the process of creating the play. Grandmothers and grandchildren, fathers and sons, mothers and children and people from all walks of our community — 50-plus of them worked together to bring to our town, our history, in the form of a musical theater masterpiece narrated by a clock keeper.
Friendships and lasting bonds were made among the actors in this historical production. Real people, past and present, from our town were portrayed and the community immersed themselves in their stories.
We couldn’t have had an encore without the directors: Erica Reynolds Hager, Edie Tompkins and Laura Moore, and their assistants, Ellen Hargraves and Bert Tompkins; our technical director, Mark Buchanon, our stage manager, Joan Reynolds, and our wonderful cast.
We want to thank also many people and institutions in our community for assisting us in this encore, especially: The 350th Anniversary Committee, Dr. Alan Genovese and the Performing Arts Center of Groton, Worker’s Credit Union, Charles Antonelli, branch manager, and Howard Wetmore, marketing director, Main Street Cafe, Lavender Florist, Groton Herald, Jane Bouvier, Nashoba Publishing, Kate Walsh, Mary Ellen Jones, John Love, Christine and Kevin Lindemer, Karen and Jim Nardone, Penny Hommeyer, Earl Russell, Margaret Connolly, Anne Paparello, Lorayne Black, Beth McNulty, Hannah Lyons, Dot Mosser and Susan Peyton.