By Alina Issakhanian
On September 9 drama teacher Stuart Fingeret announced the annual fall play to be Arthur Miller’s 1953 “The Crucible.” This play is a partially fictionalized story of the Salem Witch Trials which took place between 1692 to 1693. This play follows the story of a group of young women in Salem who falsely accuse other villagers of witchcraft.
GHC is notorious for putting on a good show, from their musicals like “Legally Blonde” to their seemingly perfect recreation of “Romeo and Juliet.” We can expect Miller’s “The Crucible” to follow as one of the greats as well, especially as it was so well received when it was put on in 2014.
“I was surprised to hear ‘The Crucible’ as this year’s show, as it is the second time it is being brought to the stage at Granada,” junior Kerry Sempelsz said.
The fall play always draws students from every acting experience level and every background, just as theater always does, one of the factors that makes our theater program so great. The audition process alone is a lot of work and requires a lot of preparation.
“I absolutely love the Crucible, it is the first Arthur Miller play I ever read, and I love the time period as well,” junior Grace Morcos-Hill said.
Auditions were held on September 16 with callbacks the next day.
“This is my first audition and my first time doing something like this. I really wanted to be a part of a community at Granada, I have tried many activities and I have yet to find one that fits my interests so I said, ‘Let’s try theatre.’ I am very excited for this audition, I’m a little nervous, but excited” Morcos-Hill said.
Acting in a play is not as simple as it may seem from the audience. Actors have to become their character in order to convince the audience they are who they are playing. “I read the script out loud and then slowly started to memorize it, and when I finally memorized it, I experimented around with different emotions that I thought the character would be feeling while speaking,” Morcos-Hill said.
For this play to be successful of course, both sides mentioned must be committed, the audience to the show and characters and the actors to the story, for just one loose end can ruin the perfect experience.
“The cast is just as deeply involved as the audience is. While in performance, the genius behind the writing and the emotions an actor must dig down to express affects the hearts of the entire theater,” Sempelsz said.
These students are passionate about what they are doing. Some are there for fun but acting in the play really changes one’s perception of theater. Even sitting in the audience, it’s easy to tell that there is so much more to a play than just reciting lines, the slight flinch of the face, or the delivery of a line can make a play dance across the stage.
Make sure to check out the play November 15-17 and support our student actors.