DORSET -- A second weekend of performances of the Dorset Players' production of Arthur Miller's classic drama, "The Crucible," will be held at the Dorset Playhouse on March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 17 at 2 p.m.
Dramatizing the hysteria that accompanied the witch trials that occurred in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, Miller's searing drama illustrates for today's audiences the consequences of doing nothing when confronted by vicious rumor.
The talented cast includes many faces familiar to Dorset Playhouse patrons. Christopher Restino, who portrayed the title role in "Amadeus," and appeared as Duke earlier this season in "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," plays the tortured Rev. Hale. Janet St. Germain, whose Players' credits include "My Fair Lady," "Guys and Dolls," and "Oliver," portrays Rebecca Nurse, a woman of standing in Salem brought to the gallows. Bob Davidson, last seen in "Spider's Web," plays Rebecca's fragile husband, Francis, who pleads for her to be spared.
Denny Rogers, who played Mr. Sowerberry in "Oliver," is Giles Corey, an irascible old coot whose wife, too, has been condemned. Vanessa Beattie, memorable in "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," plays Sarah Good, a homeless drunkard who was first accused of witchery. John Wayne Macri, a veteran of umpteen shows with the Dorset Players, portrays jailer John Willard. Becky Nawrath and John Sease are Ann and Thomas Putnam, who, for their own reasons, spur the prosecution.
"The Crucible" is proudly sponsored by Circa50. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those under 19. For tickets, call the box office at 802-867-5777. For more information about "The Crucible," or about becoming a member of The Dorset Players, visit the Players' website at www.dorsetplayers.org.