The Crucible – By Arthur Miller. Presented by Woodleigh School

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

20 August (Acts I & II) and 21 August (Acts III & IV)

Streaming as a radio-play via Zoom

This year has left theatres in a mess. When the WHO declared a pandemic, audiences quickly headed for the exit doors, and restrictions have kept the curtains closed on the industry.

Additionally, all schools that we know of have either cancelled their 2020 productions or cryogenically frozen them, to be thawed at a suitable time next year.

Not here. Woodleigh has always been different. Our production process amidst the COVID-19 crisis has exemplified this.

We announced our staging of Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible towards the end of 2019. The students who auditioned envisioned themselves in costume come August, performing on-set and to a live audience keen to applaud them.

Cue lockdown.

What to do? Cancel? Record? Delay? Or…

A radio-play? Lock it in.

We took on a complete revision – in the real sense of the word, an altogether new vision – ironically, one without a visual stage. As a result, cast, crew, and staff have spent the past months wrapping our heads and hearts around this new format. We have rescheduled rehearsals, renegotiated the rights, and retrenched our physical focus for vocal training and script work. We have also engaged LSS Productions to professionally produce the audio, complete with music, diegetic sound, and effects.

What we have produced, against so many odds, is an inspiring piece of polished aural theatre that has taught us many invaluable lessons in perseverance, resilience, and creativity.

Here are three things to get excited about:

  1. A contemporary dance performance choreographed by Jussy Poyser, Y12 and filmed/produced by our VCE Media class;
  2. Music arranged by Rosh O’Connell Y12, with performances by Jazzy Evenden, Y12 on harp and Tayla Basso, Y10 on cello;
  3. 50% of ticket sales will be donated to our local Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, to help them continue to fight two villains that appear in the play: prejudice and injustice.

I am so incredibly proud of this group of students and hope you will sign your house up, tune in via Zoom on 20 and 21 August and listen along to a unique triumph that has come out of a challenging year.

Book now, as tickets are strictly limited.

Please note – one ticket per household. 

One ticket gives entry to both Acts I & II on Thursday 20 August and Acts III & IV on Friday 21 August