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The Valhalla Players take on “The Crucible”

Kensie Speed
Senior Iain Kelly, who portrays John Proctor, scolds Abigail Williams, played by senior Sophia Konat. The Valhalla Players performed The Crucible six times between October 23 and 31.

The eerie play, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, is an allegory that takes place during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. The play acts as a commentary on McCarthyism, the fear of Communism, during the 1950s. The Inglemoor Valhalla Players tackled this heavy and dark play with incredible finesse, despite the difficulty of the text, the language and the intense moments found throughout the work.

The language used in “The Crucible” is not easily understood by most people unless they know exactly what the play is about. The cast used props and gestures to their best ability to demonstrate the action in the plot, but there were times when first time viewers would have been very confused. However, many students have already studied the play in depth in their English classes, which made it easier to follow along.

Although the use of complex language proved difficult to understand, the cast did an exemplary job at taking on dark scenes that required talented acting to pull off. Many scenes involved screaming, swearing, witchcraft and talk of the devil. The actors did not seem at all uncomfortable with the intense aspects of the play and did not break character.

Senior Sophia Konat played Abigail Williams and senior Iain Kelly portrayed John Proctor, the leads of the play. Both are experienced actors, but they truly proved their talent in this production. Proctor often yells at Williams, calls her offensive slurs, and even goes as far as to slap her across the face.

During these scenes, the entire crowd was enthralled, and Kelly and Konat did not hold back. Konat excellently portrayed the manipulative and evil character of Williams, and Kelly proved himself a strong lead as the internally conflicted, but stern, Proctor.

Overall, “The Crucible” was a fantastic production put on at a perfect time of year. Although some viewers may have had trouble following along or felt uncomfortable with the heavy subject matter, the cast did an excellent job portraying the play for the disturbing event that it depicts. The production showed off the experienced cast members’ talents, but also the newer actors that will carry the productions down the line. If anyone could pull of this sinister play, it was the Valhalla Players.

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Kensie Speed
Kensie Speed, Photo Editor
Kensie Speed is a senior and this is her second year as a staff member on Nordic News. She is photo editor and loves taking photography of her own outside of Nordic. She is kind of a wild child and has walked across Spain (yes, by choice). She loves listening to choir music (again, yes, by choice) and her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. She would prefer death by watermelon. In addition, with two parents, two kids, two dogs, two cats, two fish, and two bunnies, her family basically lives on Noah’s Ark. She is living the dream but is ready to just graduate.   

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The Valhalla Players take on “The Crucible”