“The Crucible” and “Romeo and Juliet” productions coming up this semester.
By Yesenia Burgara, Staff Writer
The Theater Department is now preparing for this spring semester‘s performances– Arthur Miller’s American classic, “The Crucible” and William Shakespeare’s timeless “Romeo and Juliet.”
Miller’s Tony winner, a cornerstone work of American theatre, will run from March 19 through March 22.
“This is a play chosen by the students, which is interesting because it’s not a contemporary piece,” said Jennifer Read, Department Chair for theater.
“The Crucible” is ostensibly about the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s, but was really a direct criticism of the Communist witch hunts of Miller’s time and the black lists that had directly affected Miller’s colleagues and chilled free speech. Miller himself was later convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to “name names,” exactly the predicament in which his characters found themselves.
“It has long been one of my favorite plays since I first read it in high school,” said student-director Matt McLaughlin. “The story paints a frightening picture of the dangers of group-think and how innocent people can be crushed by that inertia. Underneath that, it’s a story about one man trying to accurately evaluate himself and his actions before he runs out of time.”
The show is completely student-directed and designed, with a total of 40 students in the crew and a cast of 20.
“Thus far it is the largest number of students I’ve collaborated with on a production, and communication among everyone can sometimes be challenging, but the process is coming together well,” McLaughlin said.
On May 7 through May 10, the theater arts department will bring to life William Shakespeare’s famous “Romeo and Juliet.” The production will be directed by faculty member Christopher Coddington and will have a cast of 35.
Each performance has an approximate run time of two hours with a 15-minute intermission. Thursday and Friday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows will have a matinee showing at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 7:30 p.m.
Purchase your early bird tickets for “The Crucible” at Brown Paper Tickets for $10 before March 5, and before April 24 for “Romeo and Juliet.” Tickets will cost $12 after those dates, and $15 at the door.