by Haruka Shimizu and Defne Apaydin
This year’s high school spring production is a play that many juniors are already familiar with: The Crucible. It will be performed at the American School of Warsaw on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 at 18:00.
Written by Arthur Miller, The Crucible is a set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, dramatizing and fictionalizing the Salem Witch trials. The playwright wrote the play as an allegory to McCarthyism in the United States during the 1950s.
According to Mr. Pavlos, the director, “This play is a classic – not only because it’s so well written, but because it’s an actor’s dream show. All of the characters in it – all 20 of them – are fantastic roles to play.”
He adds that they were ready for a challenging drama that allowed the actors and actresses to dig deep into some fun characters. “I totally bought in to those relationships and that story,” he said. “What amazing and entertaining performances”.
Mr. Pavlos added that this play is not intended for all ages.
Many hours go into preparation for a high school production. Mr. Pavlos says the preparation time usually depends on the type of play. He says it took about 7 weeks (46 hours) to put together The Crucible. One challenge the director points out is the language Miller uses throughout the play. For some, it was difficult to memorize their lines and on top of that, many of the members were involved in other activities such as choir, softball, and MUN. However, Mr. Pavlos states, “Luckily, the cast is amazing and they pulled it off – even when we had to rehearse in small groups”.
Antek Z.(11) will play Reverend Parris. He says he auditioned mainly for John Proctor, but during the callback, he was also asked to read for Reverend Parris. Eventually he ended up enjoying acting Reverend Parris.
Kacper M. (11) will play Giles Corey. Since it was his first time being involved in a play, he was actually not planning to get any role. He states he just wanted to be involved in the play in some way, even if that meant backstage crew. Kacper says he likes how Giles is one of the only comedic characters in the play. He says “Giles constantly brings up stories about his lawsuits in the past and educates people about the law system.”
Dohyun K.(11) will play Francis Nurse. He auditioned for a minor role because he did not want to memorize too many lines. He says “despite being a minor role with only a few lines, he still influences the narrative of that play.” Dohyun also states that even when he does not have lines on the stage, he has the opportunity to react to what is going on.
The Crucible runs today and on Friday at 18:00 in the ASW theatre.