crucible-1 The Christendom College Players will return to the stage in mid-November, performing the classic American drama, The Crucible. Directed and performed by Christendom students, the sweeping production will be presented at Warren County Middle School in Front Royal, Va., from November 18-20.

Written in 1953 by American playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible is a dramatized story of the infamous Salem Witch Trials that occurred in the late 1600s. Considered a classic and a central work in the canon of American drama, the acclaimed production sheds light on a crucial time in American history, weaving in important themes of temptation, forgiveness, and the consequences of sin.

The production will mark the second consecutive semester that a Christendom play will be directed by a student, following last spring’s popular rendition of Les Miserables, directed by students Emma Hackett and Kieran O’Donnell. The director, senior Madeleine Trull, was inspired to bring something challenging to Christendom audiences.

“Senior Bridget Handy brought the idea of performing The Crucible to my attention last summer, and we both jumped at the opportunity to do something that would challenge our audience. It deals with incredibly important themes, such as temptation, peer pressure, and the consequences of sin — all relevant, especially in our lives today,” says first-time director Trull, who has performed in 37 different theatrical productions.

With the help of longtime Christendom Players producer Dr. Patrick Keats, who is entering his twentieth year of producing plays at the college, Trull managed to bring together an incredibly talented cast for the production, working with students from each grade level, with a large number being first-time actors.

“For being such a young cast, they’re working incredibly well with this material. Many of the performers have never even performed on stage before, making their performances that much more impressive. I cannot wait for people to see what we’ve accomplished,” says Trull.

Behind the scenes, Trull is assisted by sophomore Nicole Feldman, who is handling stage manager duties for the first time, as well as sophomore Garrett Quigley on set construction and Mrs. Lily Keats and junior Maria McFadden on costumes.

The Crucible will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on November 18 and 19, and at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on November 20. Admission is $8 per adult, and $5 for Christendom students.

Due to the intensity of the material and subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. To reserve tickets for the production, please contact Madeleine Trull at madeleine.trull@christendom.edu.

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