Hart High School’s ‘The Crucible’ continues Saturday, Sunday.

November 21, 2014

A review by Hannah Kostal.

When I heard that the Hart High School Drama Club was doing “The Crucible” for their fall theatre production, I have to admit that I was wary. I never did like the movie, as I thought it sensationalized a very solemn and deeply emotional story. Having read the script previously as well as having background in the performing arts I’m also well aware that it is a very difficult play to pull off well. Everything about this production must be done with the right amount of passion & energy or all of the amazing dialogue will fall woefully flat. It is without a doubt an immense undertaking. So my guard was up slightly when I stepped in to view one of their final dress rehearsals before it shows this weekend. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I didn’t need to worry.

The Hart High School Drama Club gave one of the most riveting performances I’ve ever seen from this particular group of amazing young actors and actresses. It is a black box style performance, which means that no background settings are used except for a black curtain and standing or carried on props, but this set-up enhances the dialogue and pulls focus in on the characters of the play. The acting: I have no words for how impressed I was with how each performer portrayed their given character. The lead roles especially are an absolute pleasure to watch, and it’s obvious that each person on stage (or off of it in the wings) has outdone themselves for this showing of “The Crucible.” It highlights some of the absolute best dramatic and emotional performances I’ve ever seen from the Hart High School Drama Club and- dare I say it- was even better than the movie in my humble opinion.

Since the show does depict the Salem Witch Trials and includes some adult themes, it is advised that you do not bring any young children to view the play. This performance is not for kids. The running time of the show is approximately two and a half hours but it is well worth the time to see it. I hope to see you all there.

The play continues Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults.