SAU Students to Perform in “The Crucible”


Southern Arkansas University Theatre students are set to perform Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” at Harton Theatre starting at 7 p.m. nightly from Nov. 19-21, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Students earning a role in this production from this area include:

  • Daniel Spiropoulos, of Texarkana, is a sophomore Theatre major. He will play the role of Giles Corey and work as a carpenter.
  • Daniel Pletcher, of Texarkana, is a freshman Political Science major. He will play the role of Hopkins.
  • Kaleah Henderson, of Texarkana, is a freshman Psychology major. She will be part of the stage crew.
  • Alexis Savage, of Texarkana, is a freshman Theatre major. She will be part of the wardrobe crew.

Prices for an adult/general admission ticket is $10; children 12 and under are $5; SAU students, faculty, staff are $5. Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling SAU Theatre at (870) 235-4291.

The performance on Sat., Nov. 21, will be followed by an actor talk back. There are two acts, with a 15-minute intermission. There is a cast and crew of more than 40 SAU students and staff. Costumes are being provided by Broadway Costumes, Inc., of Chicago.

Miller, an American playwright, authored “The Crucible” in 1953 after his experience of being tried and convicted of contempt by the U.S. Congress for simply refusing to identify any friends who may or may not have had any connections with the communist party. The play is set in 1692, and is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England.

The production won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. A year later a new production succeeded and the play became a classic. It is a central work in the canon of American drama.

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