Core Theatre were thrilled to perform their first full sell out production at the Rondo from Wed 1 – Sat 4 February 2012, with Arthur Miller’s classic tale of the Salem Witch Trials “The Crucible”.
Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, The Crucible tells the story of how hysteria grips the small town after a group of teenage girls are discovered dancing by moonlight. In order to deflect attention from themselves and led by the manipulative Abigail Williams, the girls cry out ‘witch’ against a number of villagers, including the wife of John Proctor – the man Abigail loves. John must fight to save his wife, his friends and ultimately himself from the noose, can he save his soul as well as his life?
With a cast of 20, made up of people new to Core (in some cases new to the stage) as well as existing members, The Crucible stands as our most successful show to date with our largest cast. Despite some fairly major set-backs (including losing a member of the cast to work commitments the week before the show and one of our leading ladies fracturing her elbow the day before production week started), the cast and crew showed formidable perseverance, commitment and enthusiasm in the face of daunting circumstances. Director Sarah Larmour says “Having wanted to direct a production of The Crucible since having the opportunity to perform in this remarkable story some 10 years ago, I had no idea just how complicated a production it was going to become! However, that said, personal tragedy, injury and even snow on the last night couldn’t stop our amazing cast, to whom my unending gratitude and pride will always accompany my memories of this production.”
It’s true – the show must go on, and oh how it does!