History Alive!

History Alive is the paid acting branch of the Gordon College Department of Theatre. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable acting experience in world renowned productions as well as learn from professionals in the field. See descriptions below for information on their popular productions.
The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and you sit on the Puritan jury. Hear the historical testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict. Play your part in history...

History Alive! actors perform the historical testimonies spoken by Bridget Bishop and her neighbors over 300 years ago. Each audience serves as a Puritan grand jury and votes to determine the outcome of her examination. The actors respond in character to all comments and questions, revealing much about the Puritan mind. Three centuries ago, Bridget Bishop was held, tried and the first to hang in the Salem witch trials of 1692. Experience Cry Innocent, hear the evidence and judge for yourself...

For information on group rates, reservations or year-round private shows contact:
p: 978.867.4767

2014 season

$12 adults

$10 seniors (65+) / students (summer) 13+ with ID / adult group tickets*

$9 student group tickets

$8 children 6–12


Summer 2014 Schedule

seven days a week

June 20–August 24

daily 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Sunday 2:30 only


October 2014 Schedule

Seven days a week

October 4–November 1st

Multiple shows daily. Tickets are available at the box office cart and online.

NOTE: Reservations are taken for groups exceeding 15 people. Groups smaller than 15 must purchase tickets at the box cart—available 30 minutes before showtime. Tickets will not be sold in advance.

*Extra shows are added at the discretion of the box office. Stop by the Old Town Hall for a daily schedule.

Praise for Cry Innocent
A must see for everyone, Cry Innocent is the longest continuously-running show north of Boston. Featured on Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, A&E, Nickelodeon, TLC, NPR, BBC, CNN and MTV. Cry Innocent: the People versus Bridget Bishop was commissioned by Norman Jones, professor of theatre, and was written by Mark Stevick, associate professor of English.

Cry Innocent is performed at Salem's Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square.  We are accessible from the Essex Pedestrian Walkway and from Front Street.

Cry Innocent!