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The Crucible – Performance Review


The Crucible A joint cast from Melbourne High School and Mac. Robertson Girls’ High School were recently involved in a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The cast, led by Gilbert Stalinsfield as John Proctor and Greta Nash as Elizabeth Proctor, had the ability to mesmerize the audience for an the entirety of the entertainer.

Director Anne-Marie Brownhill’s interpretation of the play, while short, allowed for each actor to contribute his or her own concepts to the story without getting rid of the overlying style of the empowerment supplied through lies and playing on individuals’s fears.

Each star showed a deep understanding of the plot and had the ability to communicate the message about McCarthyism and the importance of the witch hunts for the way people were suspected and maltreated in the 50s when McCarthy was most prominent. Miller’s work successfully highlights the parallels in between the series of events that took place in the late 1600s referred to as the Salem Witch Trials and the events that had actually been happening during the time that The Crucible was written in the 1950s. The combined cast from Melbourne High School and Mac.

Robertson Girls’ High School were exceptionally impressive in their presentation of these issues and the impacts that these scenarios can have. Leading the female cast was Year 11 Alexandria Liistro. A shock option for the function, Liistro understood her character and was able to depict the vindictive Abigail Williams to excellence. The seduction of John Proctor and lying to the judges appeared to come naturally in this terrific efficiency, which employed the method of realism to allow the character to be understood by the audience.

It was difficult to discover a member of the audience who, after seeing the play, didn’t feel a sense of disgust towards the method Williams had acted throughout the plot. Liistro appeared to use this ridicule shown towards her and her character by not just the audience however also the actors on phase. She truly revealed the manipulative nature of Abigail Williams. The gentle huge James Ness was very cleverly selected to play Judge Danforth, the deputy governor of Massachusetts that commanded the Salem Witch Trials in this play. Ness’ giant stature and flourishing voice commanded attention as he provided a pitch-perfect performance.

The way in which Ness had the ability to control a whole act with his existence throughout the trials of Elizabeth Proctor, played by Greta Nash, made for extremely intense and enjoyable theatre. Ness was likewise able to communicate the subtle empathy that Danforth has when he is offering Proctor the opportunity to save his own life by admitting to the abhorrent crime of devil-worshipping. The power in the shipment of every line by James Ness sent shivers through the audience and kept them interested from the very first time he is seen on stage until completion of the play. The choice of costuming was very successful in depicting the real intents of each character.

Abigail Williams was dressed in a black with a red headband, revealing the evil that litters her soul, while the remainder of the girls that were affirming versus ‘the devil’ in court were using black with green headbands, revealing the confusion and sickness that controlled their understanding of what they were doing. The green of the headbands worn by the group of girls were matched with the green light utilized in the first act when Betty Paris has fallen sick due to the witchcraft that has been carried out. Both John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor wore lighter colours dominated by white and light greys.

This choice of colour was to display the purity and innocence of these two people, in spite of what was occurring around them. Secondary characters that cared only a little bit about the witch trials that were taking place but only for selfish reasons, like Giles Corey, were placed in outfits controlled by greys to show both the great and the evil in them. The set design and instructions for this interpretation of The Crucible was extremely well thought out. The early acts of the performance are controlled by a very crowded stage by both stars and props. This contributes to the effect of the confusion that is planned showed throughout the beginning of the play.

As the acts continue, it appears as though there is a growing number of empty area on the phase to permit the genuine message of the play to be conveyed through the words of the story and the efficiency of the stars. The phase for the final act is completely bare and really couple of stars are on stage simultaneously. This set being removed for this section was so that the raw feeling provided through the acting was more effective and more easily observed and comprehended. The set appears to be a sign for reasoning and selflessness. As the play continues, so does the reasoning and altruism displayed by any of the characters.

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