Trumbull High thespians tackle 'The Crucible,' on stage Friday and Saturday

On Nov. 14 and 15, the Trumbull High School stage will transform into 17th century Salem as the Trumbull High School “THeSpians” take on American stage classic Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. This marks the third annual entirely student-run fall production and the first full length play tackled by a student team.

Auditions began the first week of school and the group of actors, designers, directors and crew have been hard at work ever since. Over 35 students are involved in every aspect of the production.

The Crucible was originally performed in 1953 and remains a staple of American theatre. It is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Province in 1692 through 1693, during which over 20 people were hanged. Written as an allegory for the 1950’s McCarthy hearings on communism, the play won a Tony Award for Best Play and is a core work of the 11th grade American Perspectives curriculum at Trumbull High.

Mentored by Trumbull High theatre department faculty, student directors, designers, producers, crew and actors are responsible for the entire production. Junior Matt Buckwald — last seen as Angel in the spring production of RENT — directs with assistant Trumbull High senior Lauren Chase. Seniors Jess Rende and Amanda Lee will shape the world of Salem with their lighting and costume design while student producers Ian Maloney, Gabby Tropp and Julianne Mirmina handle all production aspects.

A cast of over 20 portrays the tormented town, led by senior Dylan Shepard as John Proctor, junior Katherine Griffin as Elizabeth Proctor, junior Maeve Hegley as Abigail Williams, and, as Mr. Hale, Michael Lepore. Lepore is the recent winner of the Connecticut High School Musical Award for Best Supporting Male for his role as Collins in RENT.

The curtain goes up in the Trumbull Auditorium for two performances this Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15. Both performances are at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission and tickets will be sold at the door.