Peterborough’s Project Shakespeare presents a staged reading of the 1953 Tony Award winning play ‘The Crucible’
Thursday, October 17, 2013
PETERBOROUGH – Project Shakespeare, a theater education project in the Monadnock region, will present a staged reading of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”
This will be the first production in PS’s Staged Reading Series, aimed at offering more acting opportunities to students interested in expanding their acting skills and theatre knowledge.
“The Crucible” was written by Miller as an allegory to McCarthyism when the U.S. government blacklisted accused Communists. Miller was questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.
Miller set his story against the background of the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693. When teenage girls are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the town of Salem explodes with whispered rumors that escalate to fear, panic and persecution.
The cast includes Project Shakespeare students Ryan Hoiriis, Yasmine Seghir, Alexa Murray, Hannah Bernier, Genna Weidner, Cailin Ennis, Jamie Ammon, Kaitlynn Shea, Jennifer Migotsky, Patrick Sherlock, Luke Wilson and Eve Pierce.
Serving as mentors are local actor Scott Gardner and PS actor Christopher Commander. Professional actor and PS alumni Anthony Carrigan will join the company in the role of John Proctor.
Performances are Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., at the Lucy Hurlin Theatre at ConVal High School in Peterborough and Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available a half hour prior to curtain. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project Shakespeare’s “For England!” Fund helping send students to Stratford-Upon-Avon in August 2014 to perform Hamlet.
Visit the website at projectshakespeare.org for more information.