Introducing the Fall Play: The Crucible

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

 

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Lights upon another CHS production! This year’s Fall Play is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a classic among educators and thespians alike.

 

Set in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, The Crucible tells the story of a strict Puritan town plagued by anti-witchcraft hysteria. When a group of young girls are caught dancing in the forest, rumors of evil intentions spread like wildfire. The frenzy escalates when a young Abigail Williams falsely accuses town member Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft. Abigail’s accusation lights the fire for the chaos that ensues, neighbor turning against neighbor.

Jealousy, revenge, and the most deplorable human instincts heavily influence the actions of The Crucible’s characters. Although Miller’s characters existed centuries ago, their humanity and complexity still hold relevance today. CHS Senior Nate Eck, portraying John Proctor, thinks as much. “My favorite part about being Proctor is being able to portray such a complex and meaningful character,” he says.

This seems to be the common consensus among all cast members. Roma Welsh, portraying Mary Warren, states “I love my character, she’s so interesting to play!”

The heaviness of this text has been felt for decades. Written in 1953 amid the anti-communist hysteria, the play mirrors much of the moral struggle of the time. Who has the right to determine if a person is guilty? How does fear inhibit people from making rational decisions?

Mrs. Russo, head of the CHS theatre department, believes that these ideas inspire the show and provide an incredibly relevant message even in contemporary times. “I think what will resonate most with today’s audience is the idea that there is a difference between a person’s reputation and integrity,” she says. “To be able to stand up for what you believe in is one of the most important things you can do, regardless of the crowd.”

This timeless theme inspires an interesting show for all audience members, regardless of age. CHS students, in particular, will enjoy the show, as they are likely already familiar with this text. “It’s always nice to see material you know come to life,” says Mrs. Russo.

Do not hesitate; purchase tickets before they sell out! Performance dates are Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 P.M. There is also a Senior Citizen’s performance on November 21st. Online ticket sales go live on Monday, November 11th at chscrucible.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door one hour before the show. Tickets are priced at $10.00 for students/senior citizens and $15.00 for adults.

Please be advised, this show contains mature content and is recommended for ages 12 and up.