School of Theatre Arts to Present The Crucible
Feb. 3, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present Arthur Miller’s classic drama The Crucible Feb. 21-26 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre in McPherson Hall (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).
Set in a small town in Massachusetts, Miller’s play is a partially fictionalized and
dramatized account of the Salem witch trials that occurred during 1692. In the plot,
suspicion arises as Reverend Samuel Parris (Evan Rumler ’17) catches his daughter,
Betty Parris (Yuka Sekine ’17), his niece Abigail Williams (Libby Zabit ’18), and
his slave Tituba (Melissa Iheakam’ 18) in some sort of ritual in the forest. When
Betty falls extremely ill the following day, rumors begin spreading around town that
she has been afflicted by witchcraft. Abigail lies and begins falsely accusing people
in town for practicing witchcraft. One of these people includes Elizabeth Proctor
(Cadence Lamb ’18), the wife of John Proctor (Conor Finnerty-Esmonde ’17), whom Abigail
had an affair with while she was working in the Proctor household. Winning the Tony
Award for Best Play in 1953, the play is regarded as a central work in the canon of
Thomas Quinn, Director of the School of Theatre Arts, will direct the production along
with assistant directors Jamie Kreppein ’18 and Cami Tokowitz ’19. Cast members also
include: Dean Carlson ’17, Kaelin Reichmann ’19, Steven Schur ’17, Tuxford Turner
’19, Tim Foszcz ’18, Jean Muza ’19, Brooke Teweles ’18, Dana Clouser ’18, Hailey Lechelt
’18, Joanna Dooley ’19, Will Muller ’19, Megan Lai ’19, Danny Adams ’17, and David
Kortemeier, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Crew members include Scenic
Designer and Professor of Theatre Arts Curtis Trout, Lighting Designer Sunniva Holmlund
’17, Sound Designer Dani Von Helms ’17, and Costume Designer Connor Speck ’17.
Curtain is at 8 p.m. each evening with the matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26.
Tickets are $12 for Friday and Saturday, and $10 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the Jerome Mirza Theatre Box Office. For additional information, please contact the box office at (309) 556-3232.
By Vi Kakares ’20