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Guest artist directs North Central College students in ‘The Crucible’ Feb. 16-19

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Savanna Richardson ’14, Bethany Schick ’14, Olivia Crary ’15, Allie Plansky ’15
Savanna Richardson ’14, Bethany Schick ’14, Olivia Crary ’15, Allie Plansky ’15

Guest artist Jason Gerace directs North Central College students in four performances of the American drama “The Crucible” Feb. 16-19.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Arthur Miller’s legendary play dramatizes the Salem witch trials that took place between 1692 and 1693. The Tony Award-winning play is a gripping allegory for McCarthyism in which family, lust, politics and faith collide with explosive consequences.

Miller adapted the play into a movie in 1996, earning an Academy Award nomination. The popular film version starred Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.

“The Crucible” will be the first play at the College directed by Gerace. He is artistic associate at the American Theater Company in Chicago, where he has directed the most recent production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play” and was associate director of the world premieres of “The Big Meal” and “Welcome to Arroyo’s.” 

Gerace is a native of Anchorage, Alaska, and received his master’s degree in directing from The University of Oklahoma. He twice received the R.J. Jones Award for Excellence in Direction, as well as the Applause Award for outstanding contributions to University Theater.

The principal parts for North Central’s production of “The Crucible” include (part, actor, town, year, major):

John Proctor: Ross McIntire of Galva, a senior majoring in theatre
Rev. John Hale: Hywel Griffith of Pontypridd, Wales, U.K., a junior majoring in theatre
Elizabeth Proctor: Hannah Toriumi of Riverside, a senior majoring in theatre and psychology
Abigail Williams: Allie Plansky of Huntley, a freshman
Deputy Gov. Danforth: Peter Sipla of Warrenville, a 2007 graduate of North Central College
Rev. Samuel Parris: Kevin Williams of Nashville, Tenn., a junior majoring in theatre and psychology
Mary Warren: Olivia Crary of New Glarus, Wis., a freshman majoring in musical theatre
Thomas Putnam: Mac Willaert of St. Charles, a junior majoring in music
Ann Putnam: Karen Forshall of Berwyn, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Tituba: Natasha White of Elk Grove Village, a freshman majoring in theatre
Betty Parris: Emy Blake of Prairie Village, Kan., a freshman majoring in musical theatre
Mercy Lewis: Savanna Richardson of Terre Haute, Ind., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Susanna Wallcott: Bethany Schick of Yorkville, a sophomore majoring in theatre and English
Rebecca Nurse: Melissa Carrico of Plainfield, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Giles Corey: Colin Loeffler of Sun Prairie, Wis., a junior majoring in English and theatre
Judge Hawthorne: Ryan Stasell of Elburn, a sophomore majoring in interactive media studies
John Willard: Jon Voss of Ashton, a sophomore majoring in biology
Ezekiel Cheever: Cullen Rogers of North Aurora, a sophomore majoring in psychology
Francis Nurse: Brian Warren of Glendale Heights, a sophomore majoring in theatre
Sarah Good: Megan Ingram of Naperville, a senior majoring in music and theatre
Martha Corey: Jessica Martin of Madison, Wis., a junior majoring in theatre
Hopkins: Derek Bacon of Osceola, Ind., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre

North Central College offers majors in theatre or musical theatre and a minor in dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and nonmusical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors/theatre to learn more about studying theatre at North Central College. 

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

01-05-2012