Original story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, adapted by Cheri Costales
It's 1940 and there is scandal at Park Street Church. Hester Prynne is pregnant but she will not reveal who the father is. Reverend Dimsdale refuses to force the young woman to reveal her secret. The church is in upheaval, the reverend becomes ill and the mysterious appearance of a new doctor in town creates even more problems.
The Scarlet Letter is a story that questions religious piety that excludes grace, mercy and forgiveness.
Meet the Cast
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the elite Company
Kira Akmajian, McKenna Beck, Allyson Bugos, Paul Costales, Alex Harden, Monica Garcia, Isaac Garcia, Tianna Garcia, Kariana Gonzalez, Pedro Gonzalez, Alyssa Lamb, Esther Michnovicz, Nikki Morrison, Shea Ortiz, Megan Othling, Megan Rede, Coryn Richey, Grace Salazar, Rachel Salazar, Cara Sowers, Drew Sowers, Audrey Swanson, Alicia Swanson, Vanessa Trujillo, Gabby Vigil, Hannah Vigil, Jon Vigil, Alyssa Williams
the elite JR Company
Melee Hardy, Jaymie Loidolt, Isabella Davis-Olague, Chloe Rickerman, Lucy Swanson, Mia Swanson, with guests Celia Morrison, Theo Morrison and Eve Swanson
Scene 1 – Park Street Church
Scene 2 – Scandal
Scene 3 – Shame
Scene 4 – Interview
Scene 5 – Life Goes On
Scene 6 – Sympathy
Scene 7 – What's Best
Scene 8 – Turn Around
Scene 9 – A Mother's Right
Scene 10 – The Interior of the Heart
Scene 11 – The Faithful Friend
Scene 1 – The Husband
Scene 2 – Pearl
Scene 3 – The Pastor
Scene 4 – Father and Child
Scene 5 – Holiday
Scene 6 – Foiled
Scene 7 – Come All Ye Weary
Scene 8 – Gone
Scene 9 – The Fiend
Scene 10 – A Future for Pearl
Scene 11 – Things Put Right
Direction by Cheri Costales
Dramatic Direction by Cara Sowers and Cheri Costales
Musical Direction by Cara Sowers
Choreography by Cheri Costales, Alyssa Lamb, Kira Akmajian and Ben Costales
Stage Management by Cathy Costales and Stephanie Rickerman
Lighting and Sound by Ben Costales and Matthew Ramsey
Backstage Management by Stephanie Rickerman, Lisa Hardisty and Lillilan Garcia
Costumes by Cheri Costales and Linda Downum
House Management by Renee Rede
Lobby Management by Lillian Garcia and Erin Morrison
Box Office by Heidi Vigil and Donna Bugos
Photography by Brandi Bruno and Sara Bruno, Two Brunos Photography
From the director.....
The Scarlet Letter is one of those stories that is timeless. The specifics might change to suit a different culture or time period, but the themes are just as relevant today as they were when the original story was written a hundred years ago. Nathaniel Hawthorne posed some very real and hard questions about the church, about sin and judgement, about love and forgiveness, about evil and revenge, about mercy and grace.....there is much to think about and ponder on.
This story has so many twists to it, that I feel that I can't comment too much for fear of giving away special parts of the story.....so I'll just keep to something more basic. This production was an emotional journey for the cast. Many of us are in the midst of fiery trials and hardships in real life and being a part of this story helped give perspective and hope. There were a lot of tears through rehearsals that were met with compassionate hugs, words of encouragement, and helping hands. We understand and feel with Hester that, "we are wandering the maze"....but rejoice at Maggie Mae's words to Hester that we won't be wandering alone. And in reality, we really aren't wandering at all. If there is anything that the character of Pearl shows us, it is that. Life has purpose. People have value. There are truths out there that are bigger than ourselves.
Thank you so much to the cast and crew of this show. Many of you stepped in at the last minute to help out and cover for those of us that have had to be away to deal with real life. The show has become even more powerful and special knowing that there are many people that love our little elite family so very much.
Hugs and kisses to my elite family and Parkstreet Church peeps,
The Scarlet Letter Soundtrack