The South Stokes High School Theatre and English Departments present Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Crucible, at South Stokes High School Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee performance of The Crucible on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and $5 for students. For more ticket information contact Christina Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Based on the historical Salem witch trials of the 1690’s, The Crucible evokes a lethal brew of illicit sexuality, fear of the supernatural, and political manipulation- a combination not unfamiliar to our time. The playwright, Arthur Miller, wrote the play partially as an artistic response after being asked by a Congressional Committee in 1956 to name other fellow artists and writers as Communists- something he refused to do. The Crucible is a terrifying and passionate drama that savagely pitts the conscience of the individual against a corrupt and dangerous society.
Filled with beautiful language and unforgettable characters, The Crucible will be an emotional and intellectual challenge for all the student actors directed by South Stokes Theatre Director, Christina Holland. Hannah Ross, a senior at SSHS, is also co-directing and co-producing this production. Amanda Myers and Heather Dow, also seniors at South, are Stage Managers.
Holland recently commented on the upcoming production: “I’m very proud of the commitment of our cast to this difficult play. I think it is more of a college play, but the students are giving their hearts and minds to the play- what more could a director ask?”
Hannah Ross said “Putting on the crucible has been an enlightening experience for me. I have found that the story reaches emotional levels that traditionally go untouched and makes the audience members think more than most plays. I encourage everyone to come out and see this production so that others can feel what i have felt throughout the process of working on the play.”
Erin Elliott and Jennifer Holmes, two of South’s English teachers, have been a large part of the production from casting the show to the rehearsal process.
“Part of the challenge of the work is for the actors to comprehend character motivation and then convey it to their audience, and this play houses many levels of meaning. As an English teacher, I appreciate seeing something we teach consistently year in and year out come to life. I can’t wait to see it in full production!” said Holmes.
Erin Elliott said “I’ve been itching to collaborate with my colleague, Ms. Holland, for years. The Crucible provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Each year, my students are captivated and appalled by the plot of this play, so the whole school community is excited to see it come to fruition. I’m learning just as much as the students throughout this process.”
Cast members for The Crucible include Jack Lee, Celia Castaldo, Maya Burgess, Jenny Smith, Garrett Howell, Asia Jones Yaretzy Segura, Sandy Uselton, Olina Johnson, Kimberly Boles, Samantha Keisling, Sierra Anderson, Amy Christie, Hannah Rominger, Michal Phillips, Heather Dow, Will Skinner, Amanda Myers, Chandler Hicks, Jordan Zeigler, Meredith Reid, Kenneth Thomas, Samuel Scott, Stacy Barnes, Ethan Honeycutt, Alijah Wood, Joseph Calloway, Austin Hincher, and Caiman Neese
Costumes for The Crucible have been provided by the Kernersville Little Theatre.
The Crucible is rated PG-13 for language and adult situations.
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