November 7, 2021

Dear friends of NCC Theatre,

We are coming right up on our next production of The Burn, opening on Thursday, November 18 for a five-show run (Thursday - Saturday and Monday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.). The performances will be presented live in Lipkin Theatre; all audience members must be properly masked.

If you are familiar with The Crucible, this brings it into our modern era of social media, where the real life tensions escalate.

Let's start meeting our cast (and scroll down for audition info for our production of Sweat, coming in February).
Tatiana Torres - Mercedes
Tatiana is thrilled to play such a beautiful role in this powerful piece, and in front of a live audience again! This marks her second role with NCC Theatre after first appearing in Citizen: An American Lyric. Other credits include The Love Game ('Penelope'), A Midsummer Night's Dream ('Hippolyta'), Interlude to Sentimental Me ('Crystal'), The Fox on the Fairway ('Louise'), Kimberly Akimbo ('Debra'), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike ('Cassandra').
Juanita-Renay Gray - Tara
Juanita-Renay is a 2020 graduate of Northampton Community College, where she earned a degree in theatre.

While at NCC she appeared in Dream Girls, Trojan Women, and Hair. A resident of Allentown, she writes, “Shout out to D.L.G. for being the B.E.S.T.!”
Olivia Byrne - Andi
Olivia is studying graphic design at NCC, and plans to graduate next year.

She has appeared in numerous NCC shows, including Ragtime, Buzzer, Hair, Merrily We Roll Along, Dream Girl, and Dada Woof Papa Hot. She lives in Whitehall, and sends a “shout to my lovely friends!!”
Written by Phillip Dawkins
Directed by Bill Mutimer

Thursday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
When a high school production of The Crucible forces four girls together, tensions escalate into acts of bullying - both online and IRL. The Burn explores the link among the Salem Witch hunts, McCarthyism and Cancel Culture. 

Here we see what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch hunt.

Tara: Juanita-Renay Gray
Andi: Olivia Byrne
Shauna: Tamara Decker
Mercedes: Tatiana Torres
Erik: Michael J. Sheridan


Tickets are now on sale: free for those with a valid NCC ID and a donation of a non-perishable food item to NCC's HOPE Food Pantry for students; $5 for all others.

This Pulitzer-Prize winning drama was written by Lynne Notting, and our production will be directed by Chris Egging. It will be presented Thursday, February 17- Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 20 at 2 p.m.
Auditions will be held:
Monday, December 6
6-8:30 p.m.
Lipkin Theatre
The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
The story: Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Character descriptions are available here.

The folks at Hampton Winds - NCC's student-led fine dining experience (and new grab-no-go option) - share this news:

  • They will be open Thursday, November 18, and Friday, November 19, for your pre-show dining pleasure. We encourage you to contact them at 484-893-0579 or to check on menus and to make your reservations (required).

  • How about letting them prepare some of your favorite fall dishes? Check the selection below and contact them to order.

We are so fortunate to have a wonderful restaurant like Hampton Winds, right on our campus!
As always, we are glad to have your support of the theatre programs and other arts-related opportunities for our students.

Can't wait to see you in the seats!


Bill Mutimer
NCC Theatre Department Head
NCC Summer Theatre Producing Artistic Director