KC stages Salem witch trials drama

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Kilgore College’s theater department has augmented the cast and crew of “The Crucible” with two additional members of the community stepping in to help flesh out Arthur Miller’s classic next month.

It’s the first production of the 2017-2018 season, and KC Theatre swelled its ranks with new recruits to recreate the drama, centered on the Salem witch trials of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the late 1600s.

“I have been wanting to stage this show for a long time,” theater instructor Micah Goodding said. The local production is scheduled for four shows Oct. 12-15. “It’s both timeless and timely.”

Due to the play’s demand for such a large cast, he noted, the department’s Sept. 6 audition process was opened to the public to pull in the 10 actors and 10 actresses necessary for the roster alongside an array of stage hands, light technicians, sound operators and costumers.

Penned by Arthur Miller, “The Crucible” won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. It’s being produced by KC Theatre through a license with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

According to the theatrical agency, “This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society,” the publishers wrote in a summary of Miller’s drama. “The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie – and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.”

Showtimes are set for 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 12-14, in addition to a 2:30 p.m. performance Sunday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $5 for KC students, $7 for all other students and $10 for adults. Admission can be pre-purchased online through Kilgore.edu/Drama.

All shows are slated for the stage of the Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center (1611 S. Henderson Blvd.).

For more information, log on to kilgore.edu/dramam call the box office at 903-983-8126 or email boxoffice@kilgore.edu.

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