This year, Truro High School for Girls is putting on a performance of Arthur Miller’s celebrated play The Crucible.
The play was originally written by Arthur Miller, and adapted for the school by Ian Tutin, the school’s theatre studies teacher and head of Creative Arts faculty. A few of the main characters are Mary Warren, Mr Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Elizabeth Proctor; they will be played by Mimi Burns, Savannah Hall, Helena Jones, and Miriam Leyshon. The play is about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, which started with the daughter of Reverend Parris, Betty Parris, falling ill, and began accusing people of being with the devil. A bit later in the story, there are several deaths before they find the ‘real devil’.
Each week every girl in the production works hard to get it up to the best possible standard. There are at least 45 girls in the play, excluding the people behind the scenes who work just as hard to make and prepare the scenery, costumes, lighting etc. They each do about five rehearsals a week. Mr. Tutin says “There are many committed young performers, and rehearsals flow well getting an act done each week. There are some truly emotional and chilling scenes.”
There will be three performances which will be on the March 2, 3 and 4 and tickets will be sold soon in the main school reception and cost £7 or £5 for children.