Theatrical Productions At Cocalico Middle School

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The Cocalico Middle School is proud to announce two outstanding theatrical productions, which will be performed in repertory style on alternating nights. “1984” will take place on Wednesday, March 4 and Friday, March 6, while “The Crucible” will be performed on Thursday, March 5 and Saturday, March 7. Both shows will be held in the Cocalico Middle School Auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

In “1984,” London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. After falling in love, an act forbidden by the state, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

“The Crucible” is an exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem that is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farm brings the girl to court to admit the lie - and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

Together, these shows feature a cast of 39 student actors and 14 student technical crewmembers. Due to their intense subject matter, both shows are not intended for small children. Lead roles in “1984” include Ben Wallace as Winston, Sophia Battisti as Julia, Landon Leininger as O’Brien, Emma Sandherr as Syme and Kaleigh Betz as Parsons. Featured performers in “The Crucible” include Ben Musselman as John Proctor, Kathryn Voler as Elizabeth Proctor, Nikki Weinhold as Abigail Williams, Paige Roberts as Mercy Lewis, Natalee Boronow as Mary Warren, Maxwell McCormack as Giles Corry, Gabriel Hitchcock (missing) as John Hale, Zoe Smith (missing) as Judge Hawthorne and Katherine Miller as Deputy-Governor Danford. The show is being directed by John Walton with the help of Middle School faculty members and parents including Brad Kafferlin, Steve Binkley and Douglas Kulp.

There is a cost for tickets and seating is reserved. Tickets can be reserved through Cocalico Middle School by calling 717-336-1471 during regular school hours and asking for Mr. Kulp or can be purchased at the door on the nights of the show based on availability. Don’t miss these thought provoking and timely shows will surely leave an impression on all who see them.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:15)

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