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Notre Dame High School The Crucible

By • Nov 15th, 2011 • Category: Cappies

The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller to show the similarities between the ignorance of people during the red scare of communism, and the scare of witches back in the 1600’s. It is about people being encouraged to accuse people of witchcraft in order to not be accused themselves. It was performed at Notre Dame High School.

John Proctor (Thomas Hederman) and Elizabeth Proctor (Carly Uding) were two of the strongest characters in the cast. They both had continuous energy, and never broke character, even when the attention wasn’t on them. Reverend John Hale (J.P. De Legarreta) did very well in going from calm and accepting of how things were, to being very aggravated with the situation.

Judge Hawthorne (Thomas DePriest) was also very strong emotionally. His transition of emotions was always spot on.

The lighting of the show was used very well to show what time of day it was, or the mood of the scene. There were times when you would forget that the background was black and white, because lighting was used to make it seem to be in full color. In the first act, sometimes the microphones would not turn on in time, making it hard to hear, but it was much better in the second act.

In some parts, it was hard to hear characters, due to their mics not being on consistently, or their backs being turned to the audience. Also, in group scenes, a lot of the characters would seem to not be paying attention. They would break character, and simply look bored, and it was a bit distracting. Though this would only happen part of the time, and often they were very engaged in what was going on.

Overall, Notre Dame High School did very well. With an intense climax, and a chilling closing line, this show was definitely one to remember.

by Rain Northrop of Francis Howell North

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