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CSG, Actors' Theater team up in 'Crucible'

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Actors' Theatre of Columbus in conjunction with the Columbus School for Girls will perform The Crucible tonight through Sunday, Feb. 28-March 3, at at the school, 56 S. Columbia Ave. Rehearsing (from left) are Eddy Williams of Delaware playing the Rev. Samuel Parris, CSG junior Helen Abraha, of Westerville playing Tituba and Centennial High School teacher Ross Shirley of German Village playing the Rev. John Hail. Ticket information at columbusschoolforgirls.org.
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Actors' Theatre of Columbus and Columbus School for Girls are combining talents in performances of The Crucible.

Actors in the German Village-based troupe and the school's theater program will present the American classic, set during the Salem witch trials.

"The roles are so complex and fun for the girls," said Janetta Davis, theater program coordinator for CSG. "It's nice to give them something that challenging."

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. March 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. March 3 at the school, 56 S. Columbia Ave.

Tickets are available at columbusschoolforgirls.org. The price is $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults and $15 to $24 for front-rows.

The Crucible, which won a Tony Award for best play in 1953, was written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The play, a modern interpretation of McCarthy-era hearings, is set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-63.

John S. Kuhn, artistic director for Actors' Theatre, said it's the second time the two ensembles have collaborated on a project. The first was two years ago when they performed Trojan Women, a Greek tragedy.

Kuhn said joining forces is a win-win for both.

"It's a great learning experience for the girls because they're working with actors who have much more experience, much more training," he said. "And it's great outreach for us. We've have had a number of students who have auditioned for our shows here or who have been involved as stage hands, interns, stage managers and marketing interns."

Actor Philip Hickman, who plays John Proctor, said the level of acting by the girls is impressive.

"I was impressed by a lot of the young women I saw at the auditions, so I knew there were very talented people there," he said, "but the process has really been amazing.

"There are a couple of young women in the production who are as talented as anyone I've ever worked with and deserving of any superlatives I can throw at them."

Hickman said he thinks the message of the play still resonates to this day.

"Even in high school, social interaction takes on its own politics," he said. "I think at any point you can find something to connect this show to."

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