The award-winning play, “The Crucible,” will be performed at Burnsville High School at 7 p.m. on May 17, 18 and 19 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 19, in the Mraz Center, 600 E. Highway 13.
The play focuses on a farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and the plot thickens. Written by Arthur Miller, “The Crucible” won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953.
“The show is really applicable to today because it's all about what happens when we try to position two groups against each other,” said Marie Hansen, director. “None of the accusations in the play are based on facts, but rather on suspicion, and in a world where the topic of fake news is becoming increasingly relevant, these witch hunts that stem from the desire for personal gain are interesting to think about.”
There’s more interaction than usual with the audience serving as the jury in the big courtroom scene. Also townspeople will be entering and exiting from the audience.
The school’s fab lab printer and equipment were used to create the trees for the set. “It was an awesome use of pathways and technology,” said Hansen. The production’s poster was inspired by Sammy Kutz, a student in a BHS design class.
Cast and crew members in the production include Ryan Horrocks, Emma Wavrunek, Emma Harrold, Henry Smalstig, Jasmine Buckner, Abby Harrold, Megan Bormann, Joy Bogonko, Maddie Moher, Kelly Solberg, Andrew Vixayvong, Eyakem Yilma, Kara Schwenn, Zach Holmes, Meta Lobben, Jackson Thellin, Alyse Dees, Kaitlin Johnson, Davin Blix, Isaac Nelson, Sofia Kemeny, Bianka Delgadillo, Jacob Holtzleiter, Daniel Akah, Sam Brenes, Gavin Oliveras, Jon Butler, Sophie Herzog, Matt Bollinger, Mason Teal, Jayde Grass, Gaby Kauls, Aviva Leverty, Eliana Panos, Angela Linh, Sofia Versailles, Kenzie Carrane and Mikayla Hughes.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students and can be purchased at https://burnsvillehighschool.thundertix.com/.