Evenings (Tickets - $10 or $8 for students and seniors) **Tickets for this year’s play, The Crucible, will be on sale during period 3 in the Foyer. Get your tickets for the any of the 3 evening performances as well as the Friday Secondary Matinee! Tickets for the matinee are only $5. Tickets can also be purchased in the main office, all other periods of the day.
Secondary MatineeTickets $5
Elementary MatineeTickets $2
Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 is an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. It’s people believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity, but that very belief will have disastrous consequences when a group of teenager girls begin to make accusations of witchcraft. Soon, those accusations multiply. When a vengeful teenager, accuses her former lover’s wife, we see The Crucible explore the tension between individual guilt and mass hysteria--between personal spite and collective evil.
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible re-tells the true events of the Salem Witch trials of 1692 in which the town of Salem, Massachusetts found itself in the throes of mass hysteria. Although Arthur Miller takes some liberties with the historical facts in favour of some more dramatic interactions, we take very seriously the fact that the characters on stage are representations of actual people. We have gone to great lengths to play these roles as honestly and truthfully as possible, because the hysteria and madness that gripped Salem was real. Sometimes we find ourselves believing the fallacy that hysteria, mass fear, mythology, and superstition belong to bygone times and we would never be so foolish. However, it is clear to me that in this post-truth era we find ourselves in we are, if anything, more susceptible to the disastrous consequences of the human response to irrational fear. At its core, The Crucible is a cautionary tale of the dangers of allowing fear to triumph over compassion. My greatest hope for this production is that when we find ourselves choosing fears like xenophobia, homophobia, or genderphobia over our capacity for empathy and reason that we will remember that when we do so, “the noose is up.”