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160 Main Street, Route 101, Marlborough, NH

Crew ...

Reverend Samuel Parris ................... John Sansone
Betty Parris ......................................... Sarah Flower
Tituba ................................................. Carol Johnson
Abigail Williams ................................ Hayley Luoma
Susanna Walcott ................................ Alex Williams
Ann Putnam ............................................. P.J. Cooke
Thomas Putnam ................................... Andy Cooke
Mercy Lewis ............................................ Erikka Hull
Mary Warren .................................... Mariah Herlihy
Girl in Courtroom .......................... Mariah Kreyling
John Proctor ........................................... Bert Torsey
Rebecca Nurse ....................................... Liz Sumner
Giles Corey ......................................... Dave DeLollis
Reverend John Hale .................. Peter Eisenstadter
Elizabeth Proctor ................................... Traci Booth
Francis Nurse ........................................ Don Nelson
Ezekiel Cheever .................................. Ray Mahoney
Marshall Willard ..................................... Dave Franz
Judge Hathorne .................................. Don Wilmeth
Deputy Governor Danforth ..... Robert Wellington
Sarah Good ............................................... P.J. Cooke
Hopkins ............................................ Steve Bourque


Cast

George ............................................. Bert Torsey
Martha .............................................. Liz Sumner
Nick ............................................. Mark Genszler
Honey .............................................. Tara Gillard

THE STORY as described by Dramatist Play Service, Inc.: Their father having deserted them in their childhood, the three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their mother, who is only recently dead. But time has erased the tender closeness of girlhood; one sister has married and cut herself off; another has begun to drink more than she should; and the third, after a scandalous incident at the school where she teaches, is on the brink of madness. When the married sister comes to dinner to press the need for committing her sibling to an institution, the simmering resentments of many years burst alive and are exacerbated by the intrusion of a well-meaning but boorish neighbor couple, whose unexpected arrival impels the action towards its shattering conclusion—in which all the pathos, humor and searing honesty of the play combine with overwhelming effect.

Catherine .......................... Gina Chase-Pinkney
Anna ................................................. Traci Booth
Ceil ............................................ Wendy Almeida
Fleur ............................................. Lisa Perreault
Bob ................................................... Dean Eaton
Mrs. Pentrano ........................ Jeanne Donohoe

Director ............................................ Traci Booth
Assistant Director ....................... Lisa Perreault
Set Design ......................................... Rich Booth
Lighting .......... Sharon McHugh, John Sansone
Costumes ........................................ Traci Booth

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the  charade  begins.  The  drinks  flow  and  suddenly

What people had to say ...

Little Kids, Mall Rats, Carolers, Townspeople ..... Tammy Andrew, Brianna Birch, Fiona Birch, Adam Bourque, Kelly Choate, Michelle Ciardelli, Rowan Coltey-Reeves, P.J. Cooke, Cynthia Elmour, Grace Jack, Heather Morrison, Willow Morrison, Kayla Truman, Mirella Weiss

Crew

The stage play “The Crucible” is set in Salem, Massachusetts in the spring, summer & fall of 1692. It was first performed in January of 1953 and won the Tony Award for “Best Play” that same year.
“The Crucible” is a re-telling of the Salem witchcraft trials that paralleled the contemporary equivalent, the McCarthy hearings, when the same type of hysteria & paranoia over Communism permeated the American culture from 1950 to 1954. The figurative witch-hunt of McCarthyism becomes literal in Arthur Miller's play to illustrate how fear and an atmosphere of persecution may lead to tragically unjust consequences.

The paradox that Arthur Miller displays as the major theme in “The Crucible” is in order to keep the community together,

Directors ......... Gina Chase Pinkney and Traci Booth
Music Director .............................. Marybeth Hallinan
Producer .............................................. Michael Cohen
Choreographer ............................................ Lisa Cook
Stage/House Manager ........................ Lisa Perreault
Stage Crew ................................... Deb Coltey-Reeves
Set Design ................................................. Rich Booth
Lighting ............................................. Sharon McHugh
Lobby Photos ................................ Maureen McHugh

CAST

To the Editor ...
"Congratulations to Small Pond Productions' cast and crew for the outstanding job presenting Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" here in Marlborough. To see the Community House chock a block full of people enjoying a classic was truly inspiring. Awesome cast and crew. Well done Small Pond Productions."
~Kim S. of Marlborough, NH published in the Keene Sentinel 10/19/07

members of the community believe that they must in some sense tear it apart. Miller relates the intense paranoia over the integrity of the Puritan community to their belief that they are in some sense the chosen people who will forge a new destiny for the world. The witch trials serve as a means to publicly confess one's sins through accusation.
Arthur Miller did not intend “The Crucible” to be a strict history lesson, although the characters and names in “The Crucible” were real people involved in the trials. Many of the actual events portrayed in the stage play would most likely not have taken place and have been embellished for theatrical purposes. As examples, John Proctors adulterous affair with Abigail was highly unlikely, as in 1692 John was 60 years old and Abigail 11. Another difference is that Tituba is hanged in the stage play but was in reality, released from prison and sold to another slave owner in 1693. The number of girls involved in the “crying out” has been reduced, and two judges symbolized the actual five involved in the trials.


Dear Small Pond Community,
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Friday night's performance of "The Crucible." I was pleased to see that young girls played age appropriate parts. The dialogue was rich and delivered with such great emotion I found myself forgetting this was a play but felt I had been transported back in history into a slice of New England history. In addition, I recognized faces, but that familiarity soon vanished once the character emerged.
The costumes were impressive and reflected the simple, stark and practical "no frill" life these people endured.
I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend such wonderful productions created by the passionate members of the Monadnock theater groups and Small Pond is one of my favorites.
I know you will continue to present quality theater for all of us who love live theater.
To paraphrase a quote I once heard from an author I do not remember (that is why I do not perform;-) , "Live Theater is an art...movies are just film, and TV is a piece of furniture."
Bravo to you all.
~Carol E. S., Keene, NH, email received 10/7/07


Director ............................................................................. Liz Sumner
Stage Manager ....................................................... Jeanne Donohoe
Set Construction ..... Gil Chase Pinkney, Kate Phalen, Gina Chase Pinkney, Rich Booth
Publicity .................. Liz Sumner, Traci Booth, Gina Chase Pinkney
Program/Poster .............................................................. Liz Sumner
Lighting .................................................................... Sharon McHugh
Costumes ........................................................... Gina Chase Pinkney
Lobby Photos ....................................................... Maureen McHugh
Concessions ..................................................................... Rich Booth

Cast

inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn't care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha's inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

Based on the characters created
by Jimmy Gownley
music and lyrics by Michael Cohen

CREW

Amelia McBride ..................................... Kasey Perkins
Rhonda Bleenie ................................. Kerensa Bartlett
Reggie Grabinsky ..................................... Hayley Cook
Pajamaman ........................................... Ethan Gourlay
Tanner Clark ........................................... Cindy Choate
Mrs. McBride ...................................... Lindsay Bartlett
Mary Violet ............................................ Frances Cooke
Owen ...................................................... James Elmour
Santa ............................................................ Rich Booth
Santa's Helper ............................................ Liz Sumner
Security Guard ............................ Gina Chase Pinkney
Shy Girl ............................................... Willow Morrison
Fidgety Girl .......................................... Natalia Chiume
Messy Girl/Ninja .................................. Ke'ala Barnard


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