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Curtain rises on ‘The Crucible’ at Truro High School

Spells, suspicion and Salem were the order of the day at Cornwall’s top school as the curtain rose on an arresting production of Arthur Miller’s seminal classic, ‘The Crucible’.

The all-female cast of actresses aged 10-18 were greeted with many rounds of applause from the packed theatre on the play’s opening night marking the beginning of an impressive 3-night run for the production. 

The production also showcased the burgeoning talent that the school has in the world of dance with a haunting routine opening the show.

Set against from the backdrop of the Salem witch trials and written in response to the McCarthyism of the 1950s, Miller’s masterpiece is a timely lesson in the dangers of insular societies and religious persecution.

The Crucible is a powerful play that covers a number of adult themes. To prepare the cast and crew for the language used, and issues dealt with, in the play the director held PSHE sessions to ensure all girls were comfortable with the script.

“The Crucible is a historical, modern tragedy that owes its longevity to its continuing relevance in an imperfect world. Miller’s timeless parable is an ambitious, complex piece and I’ve been so impressed by the girls’ mature handling of the hard-hitting issues it explores,” said Head of Creative & Performing Arts Mr Ian Tutin who directed the production.

“From lead parts and chorus to backstage runners and technicians, girls of all ages have worked incredibly hard to create an extremely professional production. I couldn’t be more proud.”

In addition to offering GCSE and A level Drama, Truro High School offer LAMDA lessons, dance tuition, drama clubs and a major production each year giving pupils plenty of opportunities outside of the classroom to explore their talent in all aspects of the theatre.

Recent school productions have included Into the Woods, The Importance of Being EarnestThe Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, & Oliver.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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