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The production that started it all!  The Crucible was produced in the Winter of 1997-1998 at the Belmont High School stage as a joint work of the Arts and Humanities faculty -- known then as the Arts and Humanities Academy. This work provided the impetus for the formation of the Belmont Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) the following year and allowed many Belmont students their first glimpse of a theatrical production.

The Crucible - Winter 1998

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Cast

Betty Paris .............  Noemi Penafel
Rev. Samuel Paris..  Chester Chin

Tituba ..................    Evelyn Ayala
Abigail Williams ...    Khris-Liane Saysay
Susanna Walcott..    Yvonne Segovia
Ann Putnam ........    Vanessa Sosa
Thomas Putnam ..    William Wallace
                                  Daniel Cortez (us.)
Mercy Lewis ........     Ara Perez
Mary Warren ........    Chhea Em
John Proctor ........    Juan Garcia
Rebecca Nurse ....    Jennifer Bunnell
Giles Corey ..........    Frank Pisano
Rev. John Hale ....    Chezaray Eisom
Elizabeth Proctor .     Nancy Mendez
Francis Nurse ......     Makka Em
Ezekiel Cheever ...    Jose Canas
Judge Hathorne ...     Orleans Miranda
Deputy-Governor Danforth.. Nestor Villalta
Esther Samuels ....    Lupita Paiz
Sarah Good ..........    Vanessa Sosa
Jailer .....................    Daniel Cortez
Additional Dancers..   Joanne Herold
                                    Xochitl Garay
                                    Elvira Valle

Director's Note

Why The Crucible? Why choose a play that was written 44 years ago which focuses on an atrocity that happened 305 years ago for our first academy production?

Theatre is a communal arena, a place to exchange ideas and perceptions. In extreme juxtaposition we have the Salem Puritans who in one hellish summer filled their jails, turned a bucolic knoll into "Gallows Hill," hanged 19 people, tortured another to death and then, only four years later hung its head in shame.

We need to create more meeting houses which encourage free discussion and silence the hysterics and fanatics who are "jangling the keys."

Ask who the witches are today? Ask who they are hanging now?