RVHS thespians have taken a much more serious approach to their performance this year, as they put the finishing touches on their coming production of “The Crucible.”
The curtain on the high school’s three-act play is scheduled to open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, with performances also scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
While getting serious is always an important part of the final days of preparation for any theatrical production, this year is different because of the play itself.
For the first time in a long time the students are taking on a drama, and the subject matter of Arthur Miller’s play is very serious.
Taking place in 1692 Salem, Mass., the play tells the tale of a community that is dealing with witchcraft and the kinds of superstitions and strong beliefs of the day.
“It’s really sad and pretty creepy,” said Ahnna Malecek, who plays Ann Putnam, a woman who has seen seven of her eight children die.
Malecek, who has been involved in theater for most of her life, is actually involved in the three-act for the first time.
“My school schedule is pretty easy,” she said, adding that allowed her to get involved.
Malecek said everything she has done in the past, from summer plays to school one-act performances, has had much lighter themes.
“I like it,” she said. “It’s different, and I like that we are switching it up.”
According to Ellen Munshower, who plays Abigail Williams, the play, which was written in the 1960s, is intended to address issues of the day, including the Communist scare that was going on.
“This is the first serious play I can remember being in,” Munshower said, adding she appreciates the challenge. “When you do a comedy it is easy to cover up mistakes. When you do a drama you can’t mess things up.”
Munshower said her role as Abigail Williams is probably the biggest role she has ever played, adding the idea of playing the villain is also something new.
With many of the members of the cast and crew also involved in a number of other activities, getting the group together has been a challenge, which means those involved in this year’s production have been putting in long hours this week as they get ready for opening night.
“We have had lots of people missing,” said Malecek.
This performance does include some strong themes, and as a result the audience is cautioned it may not be suitable for children.
While there was still work to be done earlier this week, Munshower was confident they are going to be ready when the curtain calls.
Page 2 of 2 - The public is encouraged to take in the RVHS presentation of “The Crucible” this weekend.