Did you know that local students have spent the last few months accusing each other of witchcraft?
The Highlands High School drama department is performing The Crucible beginning Thursday, November 1st. Arthur Miller's classic play is a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials. Written in 1952, the backdrop of the Salem Witch Trials was used to symbolically serve as commentary on the rise of McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Highlands' website provides a brief summary of the play. "Perched on the edge of a continent is a community dedicated to the service of God. Several teenage girls, stifled by the crushing piety of their elders, dance in the woods. One girl, Abigail Williams, her innocence lost in the bed of John Proctor, a married farmer, drinks a charm to kill his wife. And, suddenly, the Devil is loose in Salem. The girls are discovered, and, spurred on by their terrified accusations, the entire village is consumed by cries of witchcraft. One by one, the blameless victims of mass hysteria are torn from their homes until, inexorably, Abigail’s vengeance is turned on Proctor’s wife."
Under the supervision of Director Jason Burgess, a cast of twenty students and twenty-nine crew members are responsible for bringing this classic drama to the stage. Performances all take place at Highlands High School's Performance Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. You can purchase tickets at Showtix4U in advance. Tickets are for reserved seating, and any unreserved tickets will also be available for purchase at the door one hour before the show.
Check out a trailer for the play here.
Performance dates and times:
November 1 - 7:30pm
November 3 - 7:30pm
November 4 - 2:00pm
November 5 - 7:30pm