Thursday November 8, 2012

Leland & Gray Players stage ‘The Crucible’

TOWNSHEND -- The Leland and Gray Players will present Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible" on Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Leland & Gray’s Dutton Gymnasium.

An allegory for the proceedings of Senator McCarthy’s mid-20th century House Un-American Activities Committee, Miller’s play follows the origins and devastating outcomes of the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s. Miller’s impulse to tell the story of that period’s prejudice and persecution stemmed from his own experiences as a defendant during the time in which many Hollywood and Broadway actors and writers were the subjects of the communist "witch hunt." The two trials are parallel in the way that many pointed fingers at seemingly random people, not because they were guilty, but because the accuser had something to gain if that person were to be accused. "The Crucible" is a story of betrayal and the consequences of deceit.

This production of "The Crucible" is directed by Ann Landenberger with assistant producer Abby Hadden. The set has been designed by Maezie Cramp and Zoe Soule. The cast includes: Addie Mahdavi, Arik Clark, Natalie Cullen, Gable Rak, Gia Casella, Jesse Cannella, Jesse Newton, Kayla Williams, Kenny Cashman, Alexa Litchfield, Madison Etman, Madison Cannella, Nathaniel vanOsdol, Nicole Winot, Patrick Hauer, Rebekah Winot, Susie Francy, Tino Benson, William Jagiello, Sean Kizilton, Hanna Hopkins, Madysen Buckley, Rachael Turner and Adam Culver.

For more information, contact Ann Landenberger at or 802-348-7156.

‘Urinetown’ presented at Vermont Academy

SAXTONS RIVER -- Vermont Academy’s performing arts department presents "Urinetown: The Musical," a Broadway hit featuring music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, in Horowitz Performing Arts Hall, Nov. 9-11.

One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, "Urinetown" is a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution.

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, "Urinetown" is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, "Urinetown" catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of laughter.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., in Horowitz Hall on the Vermont Academy campus. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 802-869-6644.


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