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Last updated: 11/14/2019

160 Main Street, Route 101, Marlborough, NH

Narrator (Voice over) ................................ Frank Behrens
Hester Prynne ...................................... Heather Morrison
Young Pearl ............................................ Dakota Pickering
Older Pearl .............................................. Willow Morrison
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale ............... Bryan Hebert II
Roger Chillingworth ....................................... Bert Torsey
Reverend Mr. Wilson .................................... David Chase
Governor Bellingham ...................................... Rich Booth
Mistress Hibbins ...................................... Marilyn Simons
Town Beadle .............................................. William Pearre
Woman/Parishioner ...................................... Meg Kupiec
Woman/Parishioner ........................................ Carin Torp
Woman/Parishioner ..................................... Alana Korda
Woman ................................................. Amanda Pickering

"[Maureen] congratulations on a beautiful, moving and major accomplishment -- such a memorable play -- loved being there to see it -- still stunned by your transformation from story to theater!"... ​Molly M.

CAST

"[Heather] you were a gorgeous and moving hester --- as I said to Wendy after ---- it takes a real finesse -- you have to believe she could tempt the minister yet believe she is a puritan (or whatever they were) at heart and thus not flashy -- you were elegant and strong --- really wonderful!"... ​Molly M.

ACT TWO

CREW

CREW

CAST

"You all did a wonderful job Boy...you sinner" ... Amanda G.

Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterful allegory, The Scarlet Letter, remains as the classic psychological drama about the consequences of unbridled passion and love. The story, set in Puritan Boston, centers around convicted adulteress Hester Prynne who is mercifully spared the gallows but sentenced to wear the “scarlet letter” for her natural lifetime. Pressed by the political magistrates and clergy to name her paramour and give her child Pearl a father, “she refuses to speak,” thus setting in motion a macabre dance between guilty lover, the most holy Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale and learned, but vengeful husband returned from captivity, Roger Chillingworth. The spiritual journey becomes a transformational tale of three lovers earmarked for damnation in the “Black Man's book” and struggling for the redemption and salvation of their souls. Today the The Scarlet Letter remains as one of the classics of American literature, pitting intellect against passion in a classic conflict of good and evil.

"Just saw The Scarlet Letter in a very faithful adaptation at Small Pond players in Marlborough. The "A" is for "adultery" but get this, her husband sent her to America and then she didn't hear from him for two years. She thought he was dead and then had a child out of wedlock. Can you imagine anyone getting excited about that today? OK except for some republicans, of course. Heather Morrison is excellent as Hester and her daughter plays her daughter very effectively and very movingly"... Dan P.

Mrs. Hatch & Thompson, Board Member ...................... Kay Lucius​​ Tilly ................................................................................ Maria Muskus ​Eustace ............................................................................... Kate Smith ​Young George Bailey ................................................... Gustyn Smith ​Young Mary Hatch ....................................................... Gracyn Smith ​Carter, Randy, Neighbor, Board Member ........... Henry Parkhurst ​Zuzu Bailey ................................................................... Rose Muskus Janie Bailey ....................................................................... Brooke Ells Petey Bailey ...................................................................... Jarrett Hull ​ Jimmie Bailey ................................................................ Griffyn Smith Charlie, Board Member, Shareholder ....................... Ruth Linehan Edie, Board Member, Shareholder, Reporter ........ Clare Margand Ruth, Bank Teller, Shareholder ................................ Frannie Cooke​ Mrs. Davis, Board Member, Shareholder ................ Ann Mahoney  ​Mrs. Campbell .................................................................... Lori Gray

Director ............................................................ Traci Booth
Pianist ................................................................ Walt Sayre
Lighting .................................................... Sharon McHugh
Sound ............................ Mason Amadeus, Bryan Hebert C
ostumes ............................ Traci Booth, Donna Schauer Set Construction ................................. Small Pond Board 
Stage Crew ......................... Bryan Hebert, Ruth Linehan, Clare Margand, Maria Muskus
Poster Design ......................................... Sharon McHugh
Playbill ......................................................... Bryan Hebert 
Advertising ........................................... Small Pond BoardProduction Photography .................... Maureen McHugh

WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO SAY ...

"Well done [Heather]! Stoic yet not stern and sweet in just the right way. I thoroughly enjoyed your performance!! (Shout out to lovely Willow, too!)" ... Heidi S-D.

1 - Heaven
2 - Potter's Private Office, June 1934
3 - Granville House Living Room                                        4 - Heaven, Seconds later                                                   
5 - Loan Office Lobby, December 25, 1945                       6 - Bank Lobby, Same Time                                                 7 - Heaven, Seconds Later                                                   8 - Street Outside the Bank                                                  9 - Granville House Living Room, 6 p.m.                         10 - Potter's Office, Minutes Later                                   11 - Heaven, Seconds Later                                               12 - Martini's Café, Seconds Later                                    13 - Heaven, Seconds Later                                                14 - Toll Bridge                                                                     15 - Toll-Taker's Shack, Minutes Later                             16 - Nick's Bark, Minutes Later                                          17 - Street Outside Nick's Bar                                            18 - Main Street in Pottersville                                          19 - Ernie's Cab                                                                    20 - Empty Granville House                                                21 - Ma Bailey​​'s Porch                                                         22 - Cemetery                                                                          23 - Library Sidewalk                                                           24 - Toll Bridge                                                                     25 - Old Granville House

SPECIAL THANKS

SPECIAL THANKS

"Bravo, All! What a great show - what a great adaptation!​" ... Mia M.

1 - Heaven
2 - Gower's Drug Store, May 1919
3 - Heaven, Seconds later
4 - Bailey Dining Room, June 1928
                                     5 - Heaven                                                                              6 - Sidewalk of Sycamore Street                                         7 - Heaven, Seconds Later                                                   8 - Board Room, October 1928                                           9 - Loan Office, Immediately After                                    10 - Heaven, Seconds Later                                                11 - Bailey Dining Room, June 1932                                  12 - Sidewalk later that evening                                        13 - Mary's Front Walk, Seconds later                              14 - Mary's Parlor                                                                 15 - Heaven Second's Later                                                16 - Ernie's Cab, October 1932                                          17 - Heaven                                                                           18 - Loan Office, October 1932                                         19 - Main Loan Office, Seconds Later                              20 - Main Loan Office, 5 hours later

ACT ONE

George Bailey ........................................... Richard Clough
Clarence ....................................................... John Sansone
Superintendent, Sherriff, Mr. Welch ............. Rich Booth
Mary Hatch Bailey ...................................... Lisa Perreault 
Mr. Potter ....................................................... Andy Cooke Uncle BIlly .................................................... Ray Mahoney
Violet Bick, Board Member ................................ PJ Cooke
Harry Bailey, Sam Wainwright, Fella ......... Bryan Hebert
Pop Bailey, Martini ....................................... David Chase
  Ma Bailey .................................................. Donna Schaeur Gower, Toll Taker ................................................ Rob Gray Nick, Fella, Shareholder ..................................... Bill Smith
Ernie .............................................................. Mel Andrews
Officer Bert ..................................,...... Sherman Morrison

Our story takes place in

​Bedford falls, New York

​Between 1919 and Christmas 1945

"What a wonderful production! Kudos to all involved!! ​" ... Brenda G.


Director .................................................Maureen McHugh
Asst. Directors.................... Traci Booth, Sharon McHugh
Producer .................................................. Sharon McHugh
Lighting/Sound ........................................Sharon McHugh
Sound Recordings ................................. Steve Armstrong
Costumes ............................ Traci Booth, Donna Schauer
Set Construction ..................................Small Pond Board
Poster Design/Playbill .............................Sharon McHugh
Advertising ............................................Small Pond Board
Production Photos .......................................Ruth Linehan


This perennial Holiday favorite is the story of George Bailey  of Bedford Falls, NY on Christmas Eve in 1945. As his world crashes down around him, he stands on a bridge contemplating suicide when Clarence, Angel 2nd Class appears. Clarence, in order to earn his wings, takes George on a journey of his life … as a boy  saving his brother from drowning, meeting his future wife, the conflicts with Mr. Potter, and much more.

When George’s Uncle Billy  misplaces the funds to keep the Building & Loan Company going, Mr. Potter finds and keeps the money. George confronts Mr. Potter for a loan against his life insurance, and not knowing Potter has the misplaced funds, he’s told he’s worth more dead than alive. But with the help of Clarence, answering George’s prayers, the town rallies around George and raises the monies needed to keep the Building & Loan Company going.

Branch River Theatre, Community House of Marlborough, Frank Behrens, Steve Armstrong

"I second that, Dan. Saw the show on Thursday. A very affecting performance with special kudos for Heather Morrison and Willow. Beautifully done!" ... Damien L.

Intermission

Keene Fusion Studio, Branch River Theatre, Community House of Marlborough, Donna Schauer,  and our incredibly talented cast.

​If we've forgotten anyone, our sincere apologies!

"[Heather] Sorry we didn't get a chance to catch you yesterday after the show, but we thought you and Willow were great." ... Kate F.