Auditions set for The Crucible

Auditions set for The Crucible The University of South Dakota Theatre will hold auditions for The Crucible, a classic American drama by Arthur Miller, Dec. 7-8 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre.

Although short, prepared pieces (under two minutes) are welcome, they are not required. Auditions will consist of readings from the text. Scripts may be checked out from the theatre department secretary in room 184A of the Fine Arts Building. Those wishing to audition are asked to reserve a specific time by signing up on the theatre department callboard. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to audition.

The Crucible is set in 1692 in Salem, MA, where there is a Puritan purge of witchcraft underway. In an environment of mistrust and envy, Proctor, a young farmer, and his wife find themselves falsely accused of witchcraft and condemned with a host of others.

Arther Miller won the Tony Award for Best Play for The Crucible. Miller uses events from a strange and awful chapter in human history to fashion an electrifying story about identity, bigotry and abuse of power.

Jan Swank, artistic director of the Black Hills Playhouse, will guest direct. Rehearsals begin in January after the holiday break with performances Feb. 23-27, 2005. For more information call (605) 677-5418.

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