Studio 1′s ‘Crucible’ is riveting

Studio 1 will present Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (March 26-27), 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 2 p.m. March 29, 2015, at Studio 1 in Burlington. / Walter Boyd, Special to the Times-News

Reviewed by Michaela King
Times-News correspondent

   Studio 1 brings Arthur Miller’s renowned play, “The Crucible,” to life during its performances this weekend.
“The Crucible” is a play about the Salem Witch Trials that took place in Salem, Mass., during the late 17th century. This play is about a group of girls who go dancing in the woods with Tituba (played by Sakile Haith-Ince).
Suddenly, Betty, one of the girls and Rev. Parris’ daughter (played by Lizz Matthews) falls into a coma, believed to be due to witchcraft
The Reverend (Ben Johnson) begins to question Abigail Williams (played by Kaylee Kress) about the events that took place. Eventually, Betty wakes up and begins screaming. She can no longer stand to hear the word “God.” Betty and Abigail admit to communing with the devil. They begin naming witches in the town. The girls are then convicted of frauds and are brought to court to testify. This is the overview of The Salem Witch Trials that took place in the late 1600s.
“The Crucible” is directed by Ashley Phipps and choreographed by Catherine Cameron. One of the true tests of good acting is when the performers “blend” into the character and this happened during a recent rehearsal. The tone, makeup, costumes and facial expressions really made the story come to life.
The show is recommended for ages 13 and up, due to its adult themes. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre, Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington.
Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at For more information, visit or call (336) 534-0321.

 Michaela King is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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