Fulton's First Amendment Players Take the Stage
The controversy started last December, with complaints about the use of crude language in the drama department's performance of the musical, "Grease." When teacher Wendy Devore picked her next production, "The Crucible," Superintendent Mark Enderle told her she had to pick "A Midsummer Night's Dream" instead.
Devore resigned last week, saying she felt pressured to do so. Then, 20 people formed the First Amendment Players, who gathered Tuesday night in a local church to read scenes from Arthur Miller's classic about the Salem, Mass., witch trials in colonial America.
"We want Dr. Enderle to admit that he has made a mistake and to declare publicly that he will no longer stand in the way of a production of 'The Crucible' at Fulton High School," said David Collins, Westminster College literature professor.
Torii Davis, who participated in "Grease" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," also took part in Tuesday night's reading.
"I think it would be a really good idea for everybody to, I mean, know what the play is about," she explained. "And so, I think it will just kind of open people's minds a little bit more."
Superintendent Enderle previously said "The Crucible" could be considered for future productions. But, the First Amendment Players said that's too vague.
A spokesperson for the school district said it had no reaction to the First Amendment Players.