Student Players set to bring Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to life

In 2003, a group of talented youngsters from the Mullingar area were assembled by centre director Sean Lynch. The group collectively became known as the Mullingar Student Players.

Incredibly, 10 years have passed since their first triumphant production of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and the Student Players are going from strength to strength.

Now in their tenth year after the incredible success of April’s sell-out Miss Saigon, the Mullingar Student Players will proudly present their take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Sean Lynch and assistant director Maeve Charles.

Mullingar has always been a haven for theatre and the arts and now the younger generation is keeping that tradition alive with their vibrancy and enthusiasm while delighting the viewing public in the process. They really must be adding something other than fluoride to the waters of Mullingar!

A dark magic possesses the Massachusetts town of Salem. The God-fearing citizens are on their guard - no one is beyond suspicion, indeed even the meekest neighbour could be consorting with the Devil.

As investigations into witchcraft reach their highest pitch, a young woman points a condemning finger at Elizabeth, the blameless wife of John Proctor. But Proctor finds he cannot save her without unearthing his own black sin.

Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible at the height of the McCarthyist witch-hunts, but as the decades roll on it has emerged as a timeless classic - the notions of ‘accuser’ and ‘accused’ burning as fervently today as when it was written.

Daniel Egerton will be playing John Proctor, a role made famous by Daniel Day Lewis in the 1996 film adaptation. The Crucible is also Daniel Egerton’s last performance before he starts at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama after obtaining a scholarship from Andrew Lloyd Webber to cover his three years college fees in London.

Elizabeth Proctor will be played by Orla Tuberty, Reverend Parris will be played by Billy Gilleran, Tituba will be played by Lauren Tynan, and Abigail Williams will be played by Jennifer Keating. Other cast members include Shane Bardon, Ben Thompson, Celia Rossi, and Rachel Thompson.

The Crucible will be running in the Mullingar Arts Centre from September 12-14. Tickets are €10 full rate and €8 reduced (child, student, senior ) and are available from Mullingar Arts Centre by phoning (044 ) 9347777.

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