Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning small-town story “Our Town” opens in the town of Milford on Friday night, hosted by the Second Street Players.

It’s an old story, first performed almost 80 years ago, but even in the age of smartphones and video games it’s lost none of the power it held in the Depression era.

“It’s a classic; it’s timeless,” said Steve Twilley, who plays Editor Webb. “Wilder took something that was first staged in the 1930s and takes place even earlier, and it’s as applicable today as it was almost 100 years ago.”

“Our Town” is set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, a small town even by Delaware’s standards. It follows two families, the Gibbses and Webbs, through more than five years of birth, life and death.

“Even though technology’s changed, even today, we still go through the same rituals — the daily breakfasts, the family, the marriages, the deaths,” Haslow said. “That’s really what’s at the heart of the play, and the message is to appreciate life every moment that you’re living it. I think that will never go out of fashion.”

Second Street’s production features Josh Wakely as George Gibbs and Carly Jo Hosbach as Emily Webb, the leading lady. Don Megee and EJ Panico play George’s parents and Devin Petka portrays his sister, Rebecca. Steve Twilley and Carol Torrey play the Webb parents, and Ben Wilcox plays Emily’s little brother, Wally.

Most productions of “Our Town” use a minimalist set, but Second Street is taking that even farther. The entire stage is painted a pure black, with no backdrops at all.

“It fits the show,” Twilley said. “Without those stage trappings, this could be anywhere. It could just as easily be Milford, Delaware as Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire."

Even the props are missing; there are a few, like tables and chairs, but the tools the characters use in their everyday lives will be invisible to the audience.

“It’s a learning experience,” Torrey said. “You have to do things like peel a potato or wash a dish, without having anything in front of you. You need to adapt.”

When the script calls for Mrs. Gibbs to be outside, mowing her lawn, Torrey mimes the mowing action, and another actor sitting at the back of the stage makes the sound of the mower by pumping an eggbeater.

“We’re keeping the entire cast on stage for the entire time,” Haslow said. “If they’re not performing, they’ll be sitting at the back to provide sound effects. All of the sound will come from the stage, not the speakers, and there’s nothing electronic.”

They’ll even do the music. Instead of using recorded pieces, all the music in the play will come from Wilcox on violin, Susan Newark on bassoon and Torrey on the flute.

Other performers include Charlie Meyer, Ben Lonski, Malcolm Keen, Devon Lynch, George Liosi, Mike Geisweidt, Marsha Shull, Titia Halfen, Monica Boyles and Sharon Buchanan. Allie Buchanan co-directs and Doug Friend stage manages.

“These are some of the best actors in the area,” Haslow said. “I’m so proud of the way it’s coming together and they way they’re dealing with some of the challenges this production can offer.”

“Our Town” opens at the Riverfront Theatre on Friday, Feb. 11, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 20. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $17 each. For more information, call 422-0220. The theater is located at 2 S. Walnut Street in Milford.