Theatre presents THE SCARLET LETTER
From page to stage: Nathaniel
Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter,
Dramatized by Halsted Welles.
truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a
Mitchel as Chillingworth tries to keep Reverend Dimmesdale (Mason Marie) from
confessing of his sin with Hester Prynne (Alssya Hall) in town square.
Hawthorne’s complex, powerful and moving story of Hester Prynne is brought to
life vividly but Halsted Welles at the Academy for the Performing Arts.
With an impressive set and historic costumes created by our student
designers APA’s The Scarlet Letter is
both epic and intimate as the talented actors bring forth these classic
characters. English students have
read the book for many years but now they can watch it on the stage.
classic drama will be performing on April 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 pm plus April
26 at 2:00 at the historic Huntington Beach High School Auditorium.
Robert Rotenberry directs a cast of over fifty actors.
Joe Batte is the technical director and Rachel Engstrom is supervising
the costumes for this all student designed show.
a Puritan settlement in Boston in the mid 1600’s, inside the jail is one
Hester Prynne, an adulteress who's just about to be released from prison so that
she can be paraded through town, displaying the scarlet "A" that she's
been forced to wear as evidence of her adultery.
The townspeople are outraged and it is supposed to be a mark of shame,
but since Hester is a master at needlework, she makes her “A” beautiful.
She's has a baby daughter, Pearl, but her husband has been away for two full
years. Hester has committed an inexcusable crime and has compounded it and
confounded her prosecutors by refusing to name her partner in sin. The man who
allows her to protect him suffers more from pangs of conscience than he would
have from public humiliation. The dramatic climax shows us once again the
timeless truth that compassion and understanding are forever more powerful than
vengeance and cruelty.
Prynne (Alssya Hall) is reunited with Reverend Dimmesdale (Mason Marie)
are $22 for adults and $16 for students and seniors.
Seating is reserved. Tickets
can be purchased on line at www.hbapa.org.
Some themes and language may not be appropriate for children elementary
school age and younger.
Chillingworth (Finn Mitchel) demands to know the
name of the man who had an affair with his wife, Hester Prynne (Alssya Hall).
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