Crimson Company Presents: “The Crucible”

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NOTE: On Friday, November 18, there will be no showing of “The Crucible” at Dunmore High School due to the Dunmore Bucks’ playoff football game on Friday evening.

The Devil is loose in Dunmore! The Dunmore High School Crimson Company Drama Club will present Arthur Miller’s award winning drama  “The Crucible”  Nov. 16 through 19 in the DHS Auditorium, all at 7 p.m.

This stirring tragedy about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. A group of teenage girls are caught dancing in the woods by their strict Puritan minister.  To avoid punishment the girls blame others and accuse them of witchcraft. 

The entire Salem community is stirred into madness. As the play reaches its violent climax, the innocent are tried and condemned to the gallows by lies, deceit, and ignorance. The timeless vision of “The Crucible” remains unrivalled in American theater, winning a Best Play Tony Award in 1953.

In  “The Crucible” Miller sought to link the hearings of House Un-American Activities Committee and their hunt for Communists in the government and society to the Salem Witch Trials. Hysteria ruled again in the 1950’s as people were accused and lives and reputations destroyed on hearsay evidence. Arthur Miller began writing  “The Crucible”  shortly after he began his relationship with Marilyn Monroe, and was himself was called to testify and “name names” before the committee which he refused to do.

The DHS Crimson Company is proud to present Miller’s masterpiece of drama.  “The Crucible”  is part of Dunmore’s curriculum and presents many opportunities for cross-curricular conversation and analysis of important events in both American literature and history.

crimson-company-tripMembers of the Crimson Company traveled to Salem, Mass., last month to learn more about the history behind their upcoming production. The group and their directors, Brian and Dawn McGurl, went on a sightseeing trip that included the House of the Seven Gables, The Salem Witch Museum and a night time ghost tour of Salem. They also traveled to Boston for a tour of the Freedom Trail to include Paul Revere’s house and the Boston Commons. Before heading home the group also visited several graveyards and sights that are referenced in the play.

This year’s cast includes: Kaitlin Ahern, Lauren Brown, Noah Cogliette, Lily Conboy, Brianna Cormier, Arianna Costanzi, Jack Culkin, Ashley Fischetti, Joe Ferguson, Ian Gratkowski, Luke Gratkowski, Timothy Hopkins, Julia Ingargiola, Cessna Pendon, Tessa McDonald, Billy McDonough, Marisa Moraski, Bobby McMynne, Mark Nealon,  Sophia Norvilas, Christian Reese, Mackenzie Senatore, Molly Sheets, Aleia Sileo and Nico Summa.

Artist of the Month: MaryAnne P. McCleneghan

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MaryAnne P. McCleneghan of Dunmore is the November Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub. She is shown displaying her first celebrity portrait of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

MaryAnne P. McCleneghan of Dunmore is the November Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub.  Although she began painting while she was in high school and took classes whenever possible, MaryAnne started at the Senior Center when it was on Chestnut Street about 18 years ago.

Then she moved to the Monroe Avenue building after the Grant for Seniors was made available to help build the Dunmore Community Center.

She gets her ideas from photos she has taken and from magazines, particularly landscapes, still life portraits and abstracts. She paints with both hands and sometimes only with a palette knife.

Her featured painting is of Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Michael Phelps.

“I saw Michael Phelps on the cover of Newsweek and thought I have to paint him,” she explains. “He is an exceptional athlete, and I love doing portraits of family and friends. This was the first celebrity portrait I wanted to do.”

Mary Anne compliments class teacher Jill Swersie, saying, “She is very good, very patient, and she knows her colors.” The artist particularly likes it when people join in.

“I find them friendly and helpful when things don’t go just right,” she adds.

She says the new center is a large, beautiful building, easily accessible, and always welcoming.

(For more information, go to: http://www.dunmoreseniorcenter.org/activities/.

DHS Crimson Company plans for 2016-2017 Season

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Members of the Dunmore Crimson Company are excited to announce the plays they will be producing during the 2016-2017 school year.

First up this fall is Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” This exciting drama about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. As the small Salem community is stirred into madness, the play reaches its violent climax — the innocent are trial and condemned to the gallows by malicious lies, deceit and ignorance.

The timeless vision of “The Crucible” remains unrivalled in American Theater, winning a Tony Award for Best Play in 1953. Miller’s masterpiece is part of the Dunmore curriculum, so the production gives ripe opportunity for cross-curricular conversation and analysis of important events in both American literature and history.

You won’t want to miss the Crimson Company’s production of this powerful drama which will run for four nights; Wednesday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 19. All of those showings will begin promptly at 7 p.m. at the Dunmore High School Auditorium.

This spring, the Crimson Company will take on one of the world’s best loved musicals, “Annie.” The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Based on the popular “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

“Annie” is the perfect family-friendly musical, and the Crimson Company production promises fun for all. Join us for two weekends, March 30 to April 1 and again April 5 to 8, 2017, for “Annie.”

The 2016-2017 Crimson Company officers are: Cessna Pendon, president; Mark Nealon and Nico Summa, vice presidents; Mackenzie Senatore and Aleia Sileo, secretaries; Tessa McDonald and Marisa Moraski, treasurers; and Gina Bernotsky and Justine Lim, publicity.

Lauren Brown, Jack Culkin and Will Meade will serve as junior class representatives. The sophomore class will be represented by Kaitlin Ahern, Julia Ingargiola and Julia Pasko.