BFUHS students to perform 'The Crucible'

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The Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Club, under the direction of Main Street Arts Directors David Stern and Robin Keefe, will perform "The Crucible" on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

"The Crucible" is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93.

Simon Bupp Checkering will play Reverend Parris; Grace Cavanaugh will play Betty Parris; Alexis Larson will play Tituba; Zoe Schemm will play Abigail Williams; Lucy Mitchell will play Susanna Walcott; Elizabeth Gellner will play Mrs. Ann Putnam; Lucy Gellner will play Mercy Lewis; Jon Skrocki will play Thomas Putnam; Emily Wunderle will play Mary Warren; Ira Richardson will play John Proctor; Gracie Thompson will play Rebecca Nurse; Alden Parmalee will play Giles Corey; Andrea Pasare will play Reverend John Hale; Ellie Guyon will play Elizabeth Proctor; Andrew Malshuk will play Francis Nurse; Kim Lawrence will play Ezekiel Cheever; Jackson Purdy will play Marshall Herrick; Phineas Tillman will play Judge Hawthorne; and Alexis Larson will play Deputy Governor Danforth.

"The Crucible" was written in response to the modern day witch hunt of McCarthyism, where suspected communists were persecuted at the height of the "red scare." Writers and entertainers were often targeted as communist sympathizers, and Miller was among those accused.

Miller broke with Elia Kazan, famous theater director and long-time collaborator, over his decision to give names of former members of the American Communist Party to the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Miller was himself blacklisted by Hollywood when he refused to testify in front of the HUAC.


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