According to instructor Rebecca Skrypeck's SHS website page, "Not only am I an English teacher, I am the drama teacher/coach!" We can only imagine her multi-tasking skills.
Juggling a busy fall classroom schedule, Skrypeck is also busy skillfully guiding her student actors when the curtain goes up next week on "The Crucible".
According to Skrypeck's recent news announcement about the SHS play dates, Arthur Miller's drama focuses on a young New England 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 it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others, according to Skrypeck. But enough plot spoilers for those unfamiliar with this powerful drama.
This year's SHS production will take place at the Springfield Community Players' Studio on South Street. This is the club's first show at the 80-seat capacity studio.
So, now the actors move into their positions in stage. Slowly, the curtain begins to rise...
Check It Out: "The Crucible" was the winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. The SHS drama, about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem, Mass., is both an historical play and a parable of contemporary society. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. There will be no reservations. The doors of the Springfield Community Players' Studio on South Street will open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.