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Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 11:29 pm

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem
The cast of “Afflicted: Daughters of Salem” rehearsing for the upcoming performance which will premiere Tuesday night in the Lucille Caudill Little Theater. Photo by Kaitlin Ferrell Kaitlin Ferrell

The Salem witch trials were brought to life Tuesday night at the Lucille Caudill Little Theatre in Breckinridge where the Morehead State theatre guild performed “Afflicted: Daughters of Salem”, a play by Laurie Brooks.

The play depicts a time in America that’s almost impossible to imagine today: Five girls from Salem Village experienced a string of events that led to the betrayal, accusation and lynching of many innocent people through these girls’ suffering, also known as the famed Salem witch trials in 1692. The all-female-cast portray these events with movement pieces, special effects, and varying emotions. Within the performance, these movement pieces were added between scenes that incorporated important times in history that relate to the actions in “Afflicted”.

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem
Jasmine Wheeler (right), Hannah Maggard(middle), and Dana Richards (left) preparing to rehearse for the upcoming play “Afflicted: Daughters of Salem”, which will premiere Tuesday night in the Lucille Caudill Little Theater. Photo by Kaitlin Ferrell Kaitlin Ferrell

 “There’s this element that we want to do to encourage people to think about,”said Octavia Biggs-Fleck, the director of The Little Company.  “Yes, there were a lot of elements that came into play during this time in 1692, but have we changed that much? We still find ourselves accusing people of things and pointing out our differences and judging people based on those differences.

Biggs-Fleck also said the production, will be performed in-the-round, which is where the audience surrounds the stage.

“We have a big firepit in the center of the stage that’s going to make it look like it’s lit,” she said.  “We have a smoke machine and it’s just going to be a really different and cool kind of show.”

Stage manager Caleb Lunsford said it’s a lot of fun managing a show that he loves, because the best part is watching it every single night from the booth.

“The theater department in general is awesome for the community, but Little Company specifically spreads theater throughout the schools and the community so it’s an awesome opportunity for the actors, the students, the teachers, everyone involved in it.” Lunsford said.

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem
The cast of “Afflicted: Daughters of Salem” rehearsing the musical movement piece for the upcoming performance which will premiere Tuesday night in the Lucille Caudill Little Theater. Photo by Kaitlin Ferrell Kaitlin Ferrell

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and non-MSU students, and free for MSU students with proper ID.

The production will continue the rest of the week starting at 7:30 p.m. each night, and a final performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on tickets or MSU's theatre program, contact the MSU box office at 606-783-2170.