Reading of ‘The Crucible’ to raise funds for 1828 hall

Posted Oct. 03, 2010, at 5:39 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Ten Bucks Theatre is producing a full stage reading of “The Crucible” Oct. 9-10 as a fundraiser for Harmony Hall at the hall in Hampden.

The hall, built in 1828, is in need of renovations. It was one of the town’s first public buildings and is located at 24 Kennebec Road.

The Greek revival building boasts a Revere Bell as well as gothic windows and an elaborate gallery. The hall was first used for church services.

In 1895 the Hampden Village Improvement Society was formed and Harmony Hall became its meeting place. At that time some renovations were made. The pews were removed and the stage was installed.

In the flavor of “pure Maine ingenuity” the renovators used all resources already in the building. The front of the stage was constructed using the sides of the old box pews, complete with the original hinges.

The hall has been used by many organizations for fairs, lectures, entertainment and meetings since 1895.

In 1898 Susan B. Anthony, the famous suffragist, spoke at Harmony Hall to bring her message of the importance of the right for women to vote.

In 2007 the hall was granted status on the National Register of Historic Places through the efforts of the Hampden Garden Club.

The Hampden Garden Club has seen to the care and upkeep of the all since 1937, and has raised funds for maintenance since becoming owner in 1967.

“The Crucible” will be read by Ten Bucks Theatre:

• 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students, cash or checks only. The box office will open one hour before show times. Proceeds after production expenses will go to the hall’s preservation project.

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