Message of Olympian High School’s production of ‘The Crucible’ is especially relevant today

Phillip Brents

Thu April 6, 2017 10:19am

Olympian High School’s drama department will present American playwright Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s multi-purpose room. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults.
Miller’s 1953 play is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism when the United States government ostracized people for being communists. “The Crucible” is a profoundly important story about the danger of power and its use in oppressing others. The message is particularly applicable in today’s politically charged climate.
The cast includes more than 30 students. Roberto Sevilla and Raul Mercado will portray Reverend Samuel Parris while Paulina Martinez will portray Betty Parris in the production. Breanna Barnes and Gaby Puentes will portray the character of Tituba while Skylar Reilly and Andrea Lara while portray Abigail Williams. Samantha Doyle and Lia Rivera are cast in the role of Susanna Walcott while Victoria Hartwell and Madison Stallings will portray Mrs. Ann Putnam.
Other characters in the play and their corresponding student actors include Thomas Putnam (Andre Franco, Edgar Cortez), Mercy Lewis (Samantha Doyle, Lia Rivera), Mary Warren (Clara Schaeffer, Jessica Villarin), John Proctor (Zared Mance, Jordan Mighty), Rebecca Nurse (Mayleen Pardon) and Giles Corey (Dominic Guidino).
Also in the cast list and corresponding roles are Reverend John Hale (Kristian Acruz, Wayson Cudal), Elizabeth Proctor (Nicole Isabel, Noelle Mantinim, Cynthia Rosas), Francis Nurse (Josh Nimitz), Ezekiel Cheever (Aaron Valencia), Marshal Herrick (Ivan Anton Lopez), Judge Hathorne (Bradley Kelsey) and Deputy Governor Danforth (Justin Bleisch, Nate Malicdem).