The North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT) will present Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Crucible” for nine performances, Sept. 13-29, with a cast composed entirely of teenagers.
“The Crucible” is a gripping drama about the Salem witch trials of 1692-93 which Miller wrote in 1953 as an allegory for the American government’s blacklisting of suspected communists. Director Beth Brody said that “The Crucible” is an ideal play for NRACT’s teens because it is required reading in the Wake County high school curriculum.
“Like any play, it’s not meant to be read; it’s meant to be heard,” said Brody. “We’re giving our teens an opportunity to bring those words to life on their own, and to experience and understand the characters on a deeper level.”
NRACT is a teaching theater, where community members can learn about theater through participation in shows, classes or summer camps. In order to provide immersive learning opportunities for teenagers, the theater includes a show with a teens-only cast in every season.
“What drew me to ‘The Crucible’ was the tragic story and how many parallels it has to modern day witch hunts around terrorism and homosexuality,” said Liam Yates who plays John Proctor. “I am working on being a professional actor and Proctor is a role that challenges me in a way I haven’t been challenged before. I’m so thrilled with my part, my castmates and the way rehearsals are going.”
Performances will take place Sept. 13-29. Friday and Saturday evening shows will begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. Evening tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors; matinee tickets are $10.
NRACT is located in the Greystone Village Shopping Center at 7713-51 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh, NC.
The cast of “The Crucible” includes Olivia Allen (Elizabeth Proctor), T.J. Broadhurst (Reverend Hale), Jeremy Burris (Willard Herrick), Caroline Cearly (Sarah Good), Seth Colby (Giles Corey), Douglas Friedman (Thomas Putnam), Brianna Gilmore (Mercy Lewis), Charlease Headen (Tituba), Kevin M. Iannucci (Cheever/Hopkins), Dylan Jones (Francis Nurse), Christine Lane (Ann Putnam), Joshua Leonard (Reverend Parris), Jessica Makler (Betty Parris), Michael Mayo (Judge Danforth), Christian McNally (Judge Hathorne), Lydia Nethercutt (Abigail Williams), Eilish Urgo (Mary Warren), Lyndon Vandergast (Susanna Walcott), Elin Waring (Rebecca Nurse) and Liam Yates (John Proctor)
The crew includes Brody (director), Yvonne Anderson (producer), Sheila Outhwaite (costumes), Jon Todd (assistant director) and Debbie West (stage manager). Some costumes and set pieces are borrowed from Raleigh Little Theatre.
North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre is a volunteer-based, nonprofit community theater that serves North Raleigh and the surrounding communities. It seeks to engage all members of the community by offering affordable, high-quality entertainment and education in a fun and friendly setting. As a teaching theater, it educates in a safe, nurturing environment, and encourages the development of life skills while providing a gateway to a lifelong passion for theater.
For additional information, please visit www.nract.org or call (919) 866-0228.