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The Crucible (1968)

The Crucible
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Margaret Baird
27 – 30 November 1968

This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.


Betty Parris – Jane Suckling
Rev. Samuel Parris – John Saveall
Tituba – Sylvia Palmer
Abigail Williams – Mavis Dunphy
Susanna Wallcott – Jane Tudor
Mrs Ann Putnam – Kathy Clark
Thomas Putnam – Alan Bowman
Mercy Lewis – Jackie Wright
Mary Warren – Valerie Cope
John Proctor – Brian Eratt
Rebecca Nurse – Joan March
Giles Cory – T. Hadley Prestage
Rev. John Hale – Colin Hill
Elizabeth Proctor – Mary Clayton
Ezekiel Cheever – Harry Dunphy
John Willard – Eric Crichton
Judge Hathorne – Ted Brooks
Deputy Governor Danforth – John Dole
Sarah Good – Edna Chance
Hopkins – William Rufus
Village Girl – Kathy Martin


Stage Manager – Peter Janes
Assistant Stage Manager – Edna Chance
Properties – Mary Schanbacher, Anne Tuffin, Sylvia Foster
Set Construction – Guild Workshop
Lighting – Sheila Fryatt
Sound Effects – Len Blake
Costume Design – Joan Robarts
Additional Costumes – Nathans