The Crucible

The Crucible

Performance Times:
Friday, Nov. 18 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. 
Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Highland drama teacher, John Smith knew he was taking a risk when he decided to use
The Crucible as the high school’s feature fall production.  For years, there have been many controversies over whether schools should be allowed to read or perform the play for educational purposes. The reason for these controversies is primarily because of a lack of understanding regarding the play’s touchy content: witchcraft.   However, this topic only serves as a vehicle for the allegory that the play’s author, Arthur Miller, was trying to reveal to Americans engulfed in the Red Scare of the 1950’s.


The Crucible was a play that was written based off of the Salem Witch Trials that began in the year of 1692, which involved the prosecutions and hearings of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts.  During the 15th century, the idea of “the supernatural” was a part of everyday life.  For any issue or behavior that couldn’t be explained, people accused others of witchcraft, even if they were innocent.  


Arthur Miller looked to create a connection with the historical significance of 1692 and the period in which Communism became the blame for anyone who criticized the events of the Cold War.  Miller looked to create an overall message that explained how the innocent people are often falsely accused of evil whether it be witchcraft or   communism.  


Aside from its historical importance, the play was also a way to challenge the performers.  Mr. Smith stated that most of the play performed for the past few years have been comedies, and The Crucible was a great way to both challenge the actor and their skills.  Since the beginning of the school year, the students have been hard at work trying to perfect the emotions embedded in the words of the famous literary piece.  


The Highland High School Theater invites you to view the performance on November 18-20.

NOTICE - some of the content is not recommended for younger children. You should consider this a rating of PG-13.

Contributed by Emily Evans

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