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FHS, community ed present ‘The Crucible’

Kaylin Finstad is Abigail Williams and Brendan King is John Proctor in the summer performance of The Crucible, sponsored by Farmington High School and Community Education.

Farmington High School theater director Maria Capecchi is always willing to challenge her student actors. This summer’s rendition of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is proof of that.

In the past, Farmington Community Education has offered a summer theater production to younger students, but the FHS program has never had the opportunity to do a summer performance. That changed this year.

FHS and community education have partnered to offer “The Crucible,” a drama that centers around the Salem Witch Trials. Set in 1692, the play focuses on how hysteria, words and accusations can influence people and create fear.

Capecchi admits the dark content of the production is a bit unusual for a summer play. But the play is one she and many of the students in the cast are familiar with, because she teaches it to juniors as part of her course content at FHS.

“It’s a combination of doing something with substance and learning from it,” she said. “It’s allowed us to have some really great conversations about character development.”

The cast is made up of 19 teens, ranging in age from eighth grade through recent graduates. The roles offer a nice, even split between male and female characters, which is also part of the reason Capecchi chose The Crucible for this particular performance.

Brendan King is in the lead role of John Proctor. Kaylin Finstad holds the role of Abigail Williams. Grant Uline is Rev. John Hale, and Alexander Burton is Deputy Governor Danforth.

Performances of The Crucible are at 7 p.m., July 25 and July 26, at the Boeckman Middle School theater. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Preferred seating is $10. Tickets are available at the door half an hour before show time.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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