Chills and Thrills with the Crucible play

Trials, troubles, and lies, oh my! Students of Southeastern Louisiana University have performed once again.

Southeastern Louisiana Universities theatre department performed another play for the books on April 23-27th at Vonnie Borden theatre on campus. The play consisted of the cast and crew made of students and was directed by Chad Winters, a theatre professor at the university.

Junior business major, Ashely Scaffidi said, “The Crucible was my favorite books to read from high school, but the theatre department was able to bring my loved story come to life before me. It was an amazing experience”.

The Crucible takes place in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Characters Abigail, Betty, Parris and Tituba become the first to create the troublesome moments and accusations of the Salem witch trials.

“I never understood how hard of a character Abigail was or the anger that the character John showed,” said Scaffidi. “The actors of this play kept the personalities of the characters so strong that I felt like I was waiting on the edge of my chair for the entire play.”

The characters create a series of lies in order to not be caught themselves in their own mistakes. These causing accusations of surrounding characters and their trials of the town that left a permanent mark in history.

Freshman early childhood education major, Sophia Relayson, said, “I think it took a lot of extra work from the actors to stick to such a strong accent that was relatable to the time period.”

The students casted in the play not only used accents but used vocals and dramatic sounds to intensify the vibe of who their characters were meant to be.

“The play made sure to have constant loud noises or even yelling throughout the play,” said Relayson. “The sounds made me feel like I couldn’t draw my eyes away from the seriousness of the whole play. It made the play come to life and leave me with chills.”

The props may have drawn attention to the persona the play was suppose to give but students never expected to receive chills and feel the tension between the characters.

Freshman psychology major, Shenietha Weathers, said, “I think the crowd all felt the same: intense and on edge. There was no denying that the cast and crew did a good job in creating the vibe they intended for.”

The prop masters built a tier-like stage with three levels, the middle being the highest. Behind the stage was a red, dark lite screen with tree figurines blocked out. The dark stage represented the stress, terror, and the warnings of dark times.

“There was more to this play than just the witch trials,” said Weathers. “There was love, betrayal, hurt, truth, and even denial. It was hard to watch the characters turn from something innocent to something guarded.”

The Crucible created chills and thrills, and the department plans to go further in the next plays. The theatre department plans to continue working over the summer for move events to pull in students and the community.

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