Kingsport Theatre Guild to stage 'The Crucible'

Holly Viers • Oct 23, 2019 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT – Just in time for Halloween, the Kingsport Theatre Guild is bringing “The Crucible” to its mainstage.

The show will open this Friday and continue throughout this weekend and next weekend. Tickets are still available and can be purchased in advance or at the door before each show.

“It’s an Arthur Miller classic. Most people read it in high school, but it’s absolutely relevant for 2019,” said Renee Hickman, director of the show. “It is the play version of the Salem witch trials in 1692 and 1693, so all of the characters you’ll see onstage have a historical reality, even though he’s taken some license with the telling of their story. So it’s not 100 percent historically accurate, but all of the characters were real and lived during that time period.”

How to attend

The show will be staged on Oct. 25 and 26 and on Nov. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. It will also be performed on Oct. 26 and 27 and on Nov. 2 and 3 at 2 p.m., and all showings will take place at the Renaissance Center mainstage.

Tickets can be purchased online at kingsporttheatre.org, over the phone at (423) 392-8427 or at the door before the performances.

About the show

The story focuses on a young farmer, his wife and a young servant girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft, according to the Kingsport Theatre Guild website. “The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifying depicted,” the description states. “The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.”

There are 23 cast members ranging in age from 13 to over 50, Hickman said. A couple of them are new to the stage, while others are veteran performers that audiences will recognize from past seasons, she added.

Why watch?

Hickman said viewers can expect to see some surprises and some “bone-chilling moments” that are appropriate for the season.

“At this season of the year, witches are always fun,” Hickman said, “but the historical significance and realizing how relevant it is for today, too, is definitely a reason to see the show.”

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