“The Crucible” play recreates the Puritan chaos

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ACCUSATIONS: Elizabeth Proctor (Natalie Hovsepian) is accused of witchcraft and taken to court. Photo courtesy of Shelby Lofton/The Plaid Press

By Shelby Lofton

On November 21 and 22, drama teacher Stuart Fingeret and his drama students put on a spectacular performance of the Arthur Miller classic, “The Crucible.” They transformed the junior year reading assignment into a play which wowed the audience.

“The Crucible” is set in Salem, Massachusetts at the time of the infamous Salem witch trials. It revolves around the alleged experimentation with witchcraft by Abigail (Nada Dalloul)and groups of girls in the town.

As the situation and tension escalates, one by one, individuals are brought to court, and charged with the practice of witchcraft. The conclusion of the story leaves readers wondering who the villain is: the corruption of the church, Abigail, or the court.

Right off the bat, the dynamics between the characters were apparent to both those who had read the story before and newcomers to the play. In a scene between Proctor (Ethan Barker) and his wife (Natalie Hovsepian), the theater was thick with tension as the married couple sorted through their issues. Flawless line delivery helped the predominantly teenaged crowd stay present with the not-so-modern dialogue.

Viewers were also on high alert when Abigail was present on stage. The dramatics of the wild story were only amplified in Highlander Hall as sudden outbursts from the girls and their ringleader left audience members startled.

Unfortunately, the time allowance for the play was not enough to articulate every detail of the story. Though the cast was superb as a whole, the accusatory and authoritative personalities of the judges did not shine through as much as was written in the book due to their limited time.

Audience members agree that the accusation, drama, and romance should have been shown for two weekends, as opposed to one as more people wished they could have attended.

Wardrobe and set design did not disappoint. The girls looked the part of Puritan ladies and the boys looked as if they had been transported straight from the 1690s.

The set, a grey and black backdrop, fit the atmosphere of the melancholy setting. The lack of decoration exaggerated the colorful storylines and characters.

Seeing “The Crucible” was time well spent and made the school body proud of their student actors.

After two fantastic nights, one eagerly awaits for the spring production of “Urinetown.”

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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