Hammond students, faculty and friends present 'The Crucible'


November 17, 1995|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAMMOND HIGH has just presented "The Crucible," a play about witches and paranoia in Puritan Salem.

The cast is particularly grateful to Sally Livingston, a professor at the University of Maryland who, taking pity on the cast, edited the original four-hour play into something more manageable for actors with other calls on their memory skills.

The crew appreciated the encouragement and skill of John Ensor, the new industrial arts teacher at the school who helped build the sets. Madonna Bradley, a professional seamstress, helped with the costume design.

And they also serve who cut and paste and phone. Sarah Greenleaf, Riana Hershenfeld and Stephanie Waters created the lobby display for the play. Seth Blinder took care of tickets. Patty Watson, Stephen Watson and Dave Brewer solicited ads for the program. Jenny Cartey and Nicole Pindell were responsible for the program.

The cast included the usual suspects -- members of the Drama Honors Society -- and talented newcomers.

Shoshannah Beck played Betty Parris; Larisa Stahl played Tituba, the slave whose dancing sets the play in motion; Evan Samuels played the Rev. Samuel Parris; Sarah Himmelheber played Abigail Williams, the motivating force behind the accusations of witchcraft; Cammie Surface played Susanna Wallcott; Molly O'Donnell played Ann Putnam; Nathan Harris played Thomas Putnam; Georgia Paulding played Mercy Lewis; Jenny Crooks played Mary Warren. Dave Brewer played the difficult role of John Proctor, whose personal shame prevents him from standing against the witch accusers until late in the play.

Beth Dibler played Rebecca Nurse; Chris Kennedy played Giles Corey, who is crushed to death for refusing to enter a plea as a defendant in the trials; David Heine played the Rev. John Hale. Josselyn Essey played John's wife, Elizabeth Proctor, in another difficult role. Seth Blinder played Francis Nurse; Robert Heacock played Ezekiel Cheever; Michael Roland Kagey played John Willard; Immanuel Allbritton played Judge Hathorne; Ralph Bodenner played Deputy Gov. Danforth; Heather Hutcheson played Sarah Good and Lindsay Koshgarian played Martha Corey. Trevor Greene and Jay Rushing played the two guards.

At last count, about 75 students, teachers and assorted friends contributed to putting on this play, many doubling roles as cast ++ members and crew. They all volunteer to do this again next semester when the school puts on its spring production!

Handel's "Messiah"

Victim of His Own Success Department: Ray Miles is directing the performance of Handel's Messiah Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Hammond High.

Several years ago, Mr. Miles decided to put together a group of community singers to sponsor such a performance to raise money. It seems that the original performance of the Messiah was a sort of 18th-century "Live Aid" -- a concert to raise money for the victims of a famine.

Ray Miles thought that a local production could raise money for various local hunger causes, get a bunch of local singers and choirs together and bring the joys of classical music to families with young children who can't usually afford the time to go to a concert.

The concerts have been such successes that they have outgrown the original venue of Savage Mill's Great Room and have been moved to the high school.

As always, the concert is free, although donations to hunger charities are appreciated. Last year, the audience of about 700 raised $5,000.

For details and directions call (301) 604-0703.

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