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.
Members 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.