|Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at Arkansas City High School|
Posted Date: 03/02/2018
From March 9–10, Arkansas City High School will proudly present “The Crucible,” a classic portrait of one man’s struggle toward grace, is set in the extreme context of the 17th-century Salem witch trials. “The Crucible” renders human struggles both internal and external: a community ignited by fear and suspicion, a wife betrayed by lust, an orphan girl blind with passion and obsessed with revenge, ruthless prosecutors, deluded holy men and covetous neighbors.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest American plays of all time, “The Crucible” was originally written as a parable of 1950’s McCarthyism. “McCarthyism was about intolerance born out of fear, an impulse that has multiple parallels in world history,” director Andrea Berthot explains. “‘The Crucible’ will always resonate—the larger context of developing tensions over power and land and the foundations of religious intolerance. Additionally, Proctor’s own story of a man searching for forgiveness and grace is timeless.”
The Arkansas City High School production is stage directed by Andrea Berthot, assisted by Christopher Naylor, and with technical direction from Karissa Hoag. “The Crucible” features a cast of talented young actors including Asher McGuire, Emily Sitsler, Jade Trisdale, Chloe Curl, Raynee Case, Aislynn Whalen, and Octavia Swartzell.
"The Crucible" will run as a limited engagement March 9–10, 7 P.M. at Arkansas City High School auditorium, located at 1200 W. Radio Lane. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and are available by calling Rhonda Trenary at 620.441.2010 or at the door.