January 1988 – “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.

“All That Drama”

By Jennifer (Vanston) Marin, Class of 1990

The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the Salem witch trials. The SHS January 1988 production was done as theatre in the round. The small stage was created on the main stage, with the audience chairs encircling it. The audience was very close to the actors.

As part of the play, I was originally supposed to play the part of one of girls “afflicted” by witchcraft. Writhing and  screaming was part of the role. Sounds easy, but it goes against natural civilized behavior and feels awkward in practice!

I ended up playing the role of Mrs. Ann Putnam though, after the original actor dropped out shortly before the opening. Maybe she got sick or lost her voice? I can’t remember her name or the reason. So I scrambled to learn those lines.

Because the audience was so physically close,  I didn’t put in my contact lenses. That way the audience was blurry, and it helped me focus on acting instead of the audience!

If you have any photos or memories you’d like to add about the 1988 production of  The Crucible, contact the site administrator halgbrown@sayvillealumni.com



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1 Comment
  • Hal Brown
    Posted at 12:54h, 07 July

    Thank you so much, Jen! Your column is very enjoyable and brings back many memories. Thank you so much for preparing and contributing your article to the Sayville Alumni Association!

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