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March 28, 2002

ACCUSATIONS OF WITCHCRAFT, SUPERSTITION ARE FOCUS OF BRIGHT STAR PERFORMANCE

LA CROSSE, Wis.- The Viterbo University Theatre Department is bringing an Arthur Miller classic to the Fine Arts Center main stage April 19-21 with its production of The Crucible.

Perhaps the most famous American drama of the 20th century, The Crucible, is an exciting dramatization of the Puritan witchcraft in old Salem.  Both a gripping historical drama and a timely parable for our contemporary society, this play powerfully reveals what can occur in a society that is victimized by fear, superstition, false accusation, and blind faith.

 The title takes its name from an urn in which metal is tested with extreme heat.  Today, crucible has come to mean a test of human worth and endurance.  The playwright reflects this definition through the characters’ behaviors in extreme conditions.

Young Abigail Williams and a group of teenage girls, stifled by the piety of their Puritan elders, begin making accusations of witchcraft in Salem. The lies take on a life of their own until the whole town is consumed and innocent people are accused and convicted of witchcraft based on lies and absurdities.  Eventually Williams, angry over an ended affair with John Procter, targets his wife, Elizabeth, with accusations of witchcraft. Will John Procter save his family by confessing the truth in this Puritan society? By examining our collective conscience and issues of guilt, love, and redemption, The Crucible is the ultimate tale of truth on trial.

David Gardiner, assistant professor of the Viterbo Theatre Department, will direct the play.

Show times are Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14/11.  For more information contact the Viterbo University box office at 608-796-3100.  Check out the Theatre Department website: www.viterbo.edu/theatre.

EDITORS: PLEASE NOTE STUDENTS FROM YOUR CITIES/TOWNS

Name Hometown Year Major Part
David Adamick Arlington Heights, Ill. Junior Music Theatre Judge Hawthorne
Austin Bartsch Stevens Point Junior Music Theatre John Hale
Jason Bielke Cottage Grove, Minn. Sophomore Vocal Performance Francis Nurse
Brittany Borcher Wisconsin Dells Junior Theatre Performance Rebecca Nurse
Chanel Banks Hazelcrest, Ill. Sophomore Pre-medicine Tituba
Kevin Dahm River Falls Senior Theatre—Directing Ezekiel Cheever
Jeramy Felch Marinette Junior Theatre Performance Parris
Rachel Finch Circle Pines Sophomore Theatre Performance Mary Warren
Eric Francksen La Crosse Freshman Theatre Performance Hopkins
Matt Goodness Wisconsin Rapids Sophomore Theatre Performance Putnam
Derrick Harper St. Paul, Minn. Junior Theatre Performance Giles Corey
Kristen Husby Detroit Lakes, Minn. Senior Theatre Performance Mercy Lewis
Rebecca Kaasa Richland Cneter Senior Theatre Performance Abigail
Emily Mark Woodbury, Minn. Junior Theatre Performance Mrs. Putnam
Ben Minnis Des Moines, Iowa Senior Theatre Performance John Proctor
Ashley Powell Black River Falls Youth Options Theatre Performance Susanna
Jennifer Roberdeau Milwaukee Junior Theatre Performance Sarah Good
Kacy Schmitt Greenville, SC Sophomore Theatre Performance Betty Parris
Adam Terry St. Cloud, Minn. Sophomore Theatre Performance Marshall Henrick
Raisa Thornton Shakopee, Minn. Junior Music Theatre Elizabeth Proctor
Nadia Wahhab Greendale Senior Theatre Performance Danforth

 

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