‘Playing’ at Cocalico Middle School

By on February 25, 2015

Cocalico Middle School will present two theatrical productions, “1984” and “The Crucible” in early March.

“1984” will be performed Wednesday and Friday, March 4 and 6, while “The Crucible” will be featured Thursday and Saturday, March 5 and 7. All performances will be held in Cocalico Middle School auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.

In “1984,” London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching and the Thought Police can read minds. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason his brain 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 which is 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 a drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem that is both a gripping historical play and a parable of contemporary society. The story focuses on a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie — and it here that the course of bigotry and deceit is depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself accused of witchcraft and is ultimately condemned with many others.

Together, these plays consist of 39 student actors and 14 student technical crew members. Due to their intense subject matter, both shows are not intended for small children.

Photo by Preston Whitcraft The casts of “1984” and “The Crucible.”

Photo by Preston Whitcraft
The casts of “1984” and “The Crucible.”

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 Benn 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 as John Hale, and Katherine Miller as Deputy-Governer Danford. The show is being directed by John Walton with the help of CMS faculty members and parents including Brad Kafferlin, Steve Binkley, and Douglas Kulp.

Tickets for both plays are $5 per person and seating is reserved. Tickets can be reserved by calling CMS at 717-336-1471 during regular school hours and asking for Kulp or can be purchased at the door on performance nights based on availability.

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