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Sharlyn Heatherly is arrested for witchcraft
Sharlyn Heatherly (Elizabeth Proctor)
during witchcraft trial
Photos by Bryant Sears
'Crucible' old, but timely classic
By JOHN FLORES
T^c theme of this play is that superstition and
relsion played a major role in the forces of evil
in the days of old salem, and were themselves
the 'Witches Cauldron' of ignorance, where only
deadly poison brews.
Of the cast, David Kester as John Proctor was
probably the best actor. John Franks as Giles
Corey also did a good job. Actress Regina Brych
as Ann Putnam was very impressive in her
The first scene of Act I went slowly, Chuck
Coker as Sam Parris did nothing to alleviate
that stagnation since he seemed very reserved
throughout his portrayal. It was at times dif-
ficult to tell whether he was protraying a pious
preacher, or a stoned pacifist guru of the 1960's.
In scene II, Ezekiel Cheever as portrayed by
John Callaway sounded more Texan than New
Englander, and sadly because of this he was not
In our age of technology, science, and high
education, its hard for us to understand how peo-
ple of that day could have been so totally con-
trolled by and dependent upon superstition and
religious affrontery. However, the pertinence of
this play is uncanny, since even in our modern
age people tend to believe the worst rumors, and
very often make serious conclusions based only
tively before passing an erroneous judgement
and subsequent sentence upon. In tne case of
John Proctor and Goody Nurse, that sentence
was death. In this play, the irony is seen in the
execution of an innocent christian and a truly
good man. Execution by the high order of the
state because they were true to their beliefs and
their conscience. In the courtroom scenes we
were able to see, quite clearly, .the Judge and
Deputy Governor as they embodied the
Paranoid Society which inadvertently served
the very Satan which was being denounced so
The honest people were being indicted for
their honesty and appropriately so, since it was
that quality of character which distinguished
these victims from the zeolous and obstinate
political system and the impulsively conforming
mass of slanderous cowards.
In bringing out this essential point, this play
was well done, that is to say it served its pur-
pose. But in the subtleties of the common
characters this play was very lacking, proctor,
Giles and Ann Putnam were convincing. Deputy
Governor Danforth was also convincing, when
you weren't watching his beard and wondering
when it was going to fall off.
This play was obviously too difficult for
upon conjecture, in a violent and all-too-often
they are too shallow to try to understand objec-
those who may
attempt to destroy the good name of
them, or who
>ose a threat to
anyone but professionals to perform well, but in
this case, I think all who saw it made allowance,
for this fact and derived its essential message
anyway. So I think everyone should con-
gratulate The Players on their effort in this ren-
dition of such an old, yet timely classic.
Aging process aids performers
By BRYANT SEARS
Actors may have to age 40 to 50 years before
they can perform. One such showing of this pro-
cess was oefore the opening of The Crucible.
Backstage Scene I
A dressing room in the Fine Arts Theatre. Mir-
rors are on every wall with lights surrounding
them. The preformers prepare to put on their
In this first scene Mike Bolen, a senior theatre
major from Whitney is creating a beard for Tim
Goetze. Goetze is an agriculture ed. major who
just wanted to try it.
Bolen says it takes about 45 minutes for a com-
plete make-up job on Goetze. The process for a
beard begins with spirit gum applied to the chin
forming a sticky surface. Crepe hair (wool) is
then shredded and pressed to the face. Age lines
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Goetze. Goetze is an agriculture ed. mai
plays the elderly gentleman Francis Ni
the play. This is his first play and he st«
are put around the eyes and folds of the face,
topped off with gray color and powder to set the
Here we see John Franks from Sanger making
his debut with the Tarleton Players. He is
creating the facial character of Giles Corey. His
art begins by putting age lines over parts of the
face and adding depth with highlight lines.
The next step for Franks is
ie wig. His hair is
el so it will lay back. A gray
"s head very tightly and pinn-
It about pulls my hair out,"
lubricated with a
wig is pulled over 3
ed to stay secure.
The Final Scene
The players make last minute preparations:
going over lines, checking props and costumes.
The curtain is pulled and tne second show
begins, 'The Crucible.'
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Tim Goetze and John Franks watch in despair
as their wives are tried for witchcraft
Tim Goetze (Francis Nurse) before and after make-up transformation
David Kester (John Proctor) and Denize Lee (Abagail Williams)
John Franks (Giles Corey) goes through aging process quickly
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