Fahrenheit 451 - GALA - Fri, Apr., 05, 2019 | 6:30 PM

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FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

In a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. the temperature at which books catch fire and burn is 451 degrees Fahrenheit. Guy Montag, is a fireman who becomes disillusioned with his role of censoring literature and destroying knowledge, eventually quitting his job and committing himself to the preservation of literary and cultural writings.

Directed by Mike Taint

SHOW DATES: April 5-14
X*ACT 45 E. Second St in Xenia.
(937) 372-0516

Doors at 5:30 PM | GALA at 6:30 PM | Show 7:30 PM 

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Fireman Guy Montag – Eric Mishne
Captain Beatty – Geoff Burkman
Clarisse – Casey Haller
Mildred (“Millie”) – Melissa Henry-Young
Mrs. Hudson – Amy Magnus
Professor Faber – Dee Berdine
Fireman Holden – Trenton Napier
Fireman Black – Jeremy Holtgrave
Paramedic – Trenton Napier
Paramedic – Jeremy Holtgrave
Helen – Edith Waugh
Alice – Judi Early


Aristotle – Jamie McQuinn
Tolkien – Zan Holtgrave
Bronte – Brenna Riethmiller
Rostand – Paula Cronan
Dostoevsky – Deidre Root
St. Exuperey – Paula Cronan
Tolstoy – Ben Cronan
Wilde – Brenna Riethmiller
Carroll – Deidre Root
Plato – Judi Early
Melville – Deidre Root
Robert Louis Stevenson – Harry Shepard


Censorship/banning incidents

In the years since its publication, Fahrenheit 451 has occasionally been banned, censored, or redacted in some schools by parents and teaching staff either unaware of or indifferent to the inherent irony in such censorship. The following are some notable incidents:

  • In 1987, Fahrenheit 451 was given "third tier" status by the Bay County School Board in Panama CityFlorida under then-superintendent Leonard Hall's new three-tier classification system.[74] Third tier was meant for books to be removed from the classroom for "a lot of vulgarity".[74] After a resident class-action lawsuit, a media stir, and student protests, the school board abandoned their tier-based censorship system and approved all the currently used books.[74]
  • In 1992, Venado Middle School in IrvineCalifornia gave copies of Fahrenheit 451 to students with all "obscene" words blacked out.[75] Parents contacted the local media and succeeded in reinstalling the uncensored copies.[75]
  • In 2006, parents of a 10th-grade high school student in Montgomery CountyTexas demanded the book be banned from their daughter's English class reading list.[76] Their daughter was assigned the book during Banned Books Week, but stopped reading several pages in due to the offensive language and description of the burning of the Bible. In addition, the parents protested the violence, portrayal of Christians, and depictions of firemen in the novel.[76]
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