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The Teen Drama Project, in its fifth year, has presented many topics of discussion along with some outstanding theater. From racism to the Holocaust to…

“The Crucible” Shows Historical Take on Salem Witch Trials

The Teen Drama Project, 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, “The Crucible,” 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. Discussions of tolerance, and lack of it, led to many opinions.

All the actors, ranging in age from 11 to 20, 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 p.m. and June 1 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5, reserved seating, and can be purchased through www.geaugatheater.org or by calling the box office at 440-286-2255.

The historic Geauga Theater is located at 101 Water St.

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