Stu­dents face trial on stage


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

TWENTY-five Se­ton Catholic Col­lege stu­dents will take part in a pro­duc­tion of Arthur Miller's TheCru­cible from Thurs­day.

WITCHES have been found among the Se­ton Catholic Col­lege stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, and this week they will die.

Luck­ily, it is just part of the Year 11 drama pro­duc­tion of Arthur Miller’s The Cru­cible, which will take the au­di­ence on a whirl­wind trip back to the 1600s and the time of the Salem Witch Tri­als.

Twenty-five stu­dents will be in­volved in the pro­duc­tion, bring­ing the char­ac­ters of Abi­gail, Ti­tuba and Rev­erend Par­ris to life.

Se­ton head of arts and drama Sharon Le Ray said it was a good time to bring the story to the stage, with the themes still res­onat­ing to­day as so­ci­ety con­tin­ues to deal with the sus­pi­cion and fear of peo­ple who are dif­fer­ent.

“In or­der to un­der­stand the world around them and their place in it, stu­dents need to learn about the past so that we don’t make the same mis­takes in the fu­ture,” she said.

“From the first read­ing of the play, the stu­dents were in­trigued by the char­ac­ters and their story and they were shocked to know that the play is based on a true ac­count of the Salem Witch Tri­als.

“It has cre­ated in­ter­est­ing dis­cus­sions about the so­ci­ety in which we live, what we value and how we value oth­ers.”

Mrs Le Ray said the stu­dents in­volved in the pro­duc­tion were ex­tremely tal­ented, and a live pro­duc­tion was some­thing ev­ery­body should en­joy.

“Ev­ery­one should ex­pe­ri­ence live theatre and time­less plays that deal with the hu­man con­di­tion, so that we can hope to un­der­stand our­selves more deeply and learn from the past,” she said.

“We urge you to come and ex­pe­ri­ence one of the most fa­mous plays for your­self.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d442391

From left: Ashlee Cui­jpers, Devon O'Con­nor, Lani Galipo, Jenna El­liott, Curtis Water­man, El­lie Narey, Alyssa Den­ing, Alanna Cro­marty and ly­ing in the mid­dle is Chloe Calameri.

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