Geauga Theater Gives Historical Take on Salem Witch Trials

The Teen Drama Project, The Crucible, in its fifth year, has presented many topics of discussion along with some outstanding theater. From racism to the Holocaust to this year’s play dealing with the Salem witch trials in New England, director Angela Miloro-Hansen has not shied away from discussing hard topics with her actors. Many come away with a new appreciation for history as well as a better understanding of societies.

Arthur Miller’s classic play is based largely on actual people living (and dying) through the witch trials. The piece also explores the behavior of people in groups, and how quickly intolerance and rumor can become the norm, even in “civilized” society.

Miloro-Hansen gave the actors an assignment to research their characters, and they developed picture boards for a lobby display. It brought them, she feels, a closer bond and better understanding of the person and the time. Discussions of tolerance and lack of it led to many opinions, as the actors talked of modern day examples of events that can take on a life of their own.

All the actors, ranging in age from eleven to twenty, are excited with their knowledge and portrayals. They hope to share a classic piece of literature, knowledge, and well honed acting skills with an audience for three performances; May 30 and 31 at 8 pm and June 1 at 2 pm.

Tickets are reserved seating and only $5 for these performances and can be purchased through the website or by calling the box office at (440) 286-2255. Box Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm.

The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, Chardon, Ohio. For more information visit our website.

Photo details:
A group accuses an innocent woman of witchcraft. Logan Katoch, Casey Wilcox, Mikaela Klein, Kelly Tapager, Janna Klein

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