Show week is finally here and excitement is building as students are eager to share the fruits of the last six weeks of rehearsal. It would be great to see as many of the ISM community as possible there to support the cast and crew. This year, we have continued our tradition of involving a wide cross section of the school. There are 59 actors, 52 crew and 30 design students who have pulled together to realize the show in such a relatively short period of time.
Here are some details and background about the show:
Tickets- These are now available from the ISM Cashier’s Office or can be brought at the electronic payment machines by the school ATM or outside the HS/ MS canteen. Student tickets cost 150PHP and adults cost 300PHP.
Outside Guests- If you would like to invite family friends that aren’t already ISM ID holders, you will need to let security office know in advance. If these people wish to bring a non-ISM stickered vehicle onto campus you will also need to provide the colour/ model/ make and plate number.
Every family obviously has different sensitivities so it is up to the individual if they decide to bring younger siblings. The Crucible is an intense drama, which is generally only studied at HS level. There are challenging themes, staged violence and references that you may feel inappropriate for MS students. That said, with some front loading, the play provokes rich discussion and is considered a classic of both Theatre and Literature. Here is a link to help you start the discussion: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-crucible
Videoing- This is a licensed show so no videos or pictures can be taken. Please leave your cameras at home. We are allowed to nominate official photographers and will then publish a folder of images next week.
Plot Summary-The Crucible is set in the Puritan community of Salem during 1692. As the settlers work to establish a society that reflects the spirit of their religious teachings, disagreements over land and leadership threaten to destabilize the town. When scandal hits, Salem is already a town ripe for conflict.
Seven months previously, John Proctor, a married and respected farmer, has broken off his illicit affair with Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris’s 17 year old niece. However, Abigail is still infatuated and seeks help from Parris’s Barbados slave, Tituba, to cast a curse of death upon John’s wife, Elizabeth. Several girls go to the forest to perform this ritual but are discovered by Parris. In order to avoid the consequences, Parris’s daughter, Betty, and her friend feign illness and this is taken as a sign of witchcraft.
These rumors create panic in Salem and Abigail, realizing she needs to divert the town’s attention from her actions, leads the girls in accusing other townspeople of witchcraft. These attempts to shift the blame are taken seriously and soon Reverend Hale, an expert in recognizing signs of Witchcraft, and Deputy Governor Danforth arrive in Salem to assess the validity of the claims. Individuals quickly realize they can take advantage of the situation to pursue their personal agendas.
Historical background- The Crucible is loosely based real events surrounding the Salem witch trials, which were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of 20 people, most of them women. The episode is one of America’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria, and has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a cautionary tale about the dangers of religious extremism and abuses of power.
Arthur Miller, an iconic American playwright, wrote The Crucible as a condemnation of the U.S. government’s reaction to the perceived infiltration of Communists into society in the early 1950’s. This ‘Red Scare’ saw many prominent personalities, especially from the entertainment industry, blacklisted from their professions. Many of these people were Miller’s friends and he believed strongly (along with many others) that they were accused with little or no credible evidence. Having the studied the Salem Witch Trials as a university student, Miller noted many similarities between the language and actions of the government and that of the officials involved in the trials 250 years previously . He soon realized that a play about the trials would become a more timeless critique of abuse of power than any contemporary play he could craft.