A cast of twenty from MHS’ School of the Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) will bring to life Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible this week. In the play, Miller dramatizes the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693.
The original play premiered in 1953, during the era of McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused communists in the 1950’s. The work is central in the canon of American drama, and esteemed for its allegorical relationship to the House Committee On Un-American Activities.
For director, Stephen Vallillo, this play is a departure from the comedy he has selected in his last two seasons. Students are challenged to a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of conflict and complexity as they bring the young women accused of witchcraft and the men who are their accusers to life.
On his choice, Vallillo said, “It had a relatively many roles for women, it is a modern play and it is a drama. I like to vary the style and genre that we present to offer our students a range of experiences.”
“In addition, it fits the curriculum of the high school .. and our students learn from performing in challenging and excellent plays.”
Gavi Keyles, a senior who plays Elizabeth Proctor, said, “The challenge in this role is to reveal the character as stoic and at the same time vulnerable.” It is a far departure from her comedic and musical role as Gertrude McFuzz in last year’s Seussical.
Alex Glossman, who plays John Proctor, Elizabeth’s husband, said, “It’s nice to push emotionally on stage. This is much more challenging than anything I’ve done at Montclair High School, in theatre, so far.”
Thanks to Cary Africk for the rehearsal photo, which depicts, from left to right: Jason Cerf (Ezekial Cheever), Albert Antomattei (John Willard), Emerson Gordon (Dept Governor Danforth), Ben Rosenfield (Rev. Hale), Adam Greenhaus (Rev. Parris), Molly Waggett (Mary Warren), Leo Poggie (Judge Hathorne).
Who: Tweens, teens and adults.
What: MHS School of Visual and Performing Art’s performance of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Where: Montclair High School’s Little Theatre, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Thursday, February 4, Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at 8 pm.
Cost: $8. Tickets are sold one hour prior to performance times each night.