Miller's Crucible Takes Stage at Bethel

The Bethel College Theatre Arts Department will present The Crucible, Arthur Miller's famous drama of the Salem witch trials, on February 5, 6, 7, 2004 in the Bethel College Everest-Rohrer Auditorium at 7:30 P.M. each evening.

The play deals with the plight of John Proctor and his struggle to maintain his honesty and integrity amidst the cauldron of suspicion and superstition in the Puritan community of Salem in the 1620s. Valiantly he struggles against the deception of Abigail Williams, the clergy and the judicial hierarchy to clear his name and that of his wife. Miller wrote the play in the early 1950s during the Joe McCarthy hearings, thereby providing a contemporary perspective to this well¬seasoned tale.

Jared Schwartz, a senior from Berne, Indiana, is cast as John Proctor; while Amy Franklin, a 2003 Penn High School graduate from Osceola, Indiana, will play Elizabeth Proctor. Brittany Fried, a freshman from Brookpark, Ohio, is cast as the deceitful Abigail Williams. Mark Yoder of Elkhart, Indiana will play the Reverend John Hale; Scott Peercy of Chase, Indiana, will be the paranoid Reverend Parris; and Andy Gilbert of Warsaw, Indiana will play the stem, unyielding Judge Danforth. Barb Stith of the Theatre Arts Department is directing.

Tickets may be reserved by calling the Bethel College ticket office in the Everest Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center between 1 and 5 P.M. Monday through Friday at (574)257-7633. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and groups of 15 or more. All seats are reserved.