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BY: Rikki Cason | November 17, 2012

Members of the Newfane High School Drama Club will take to the stage and perform their fall play “The Crucible.”

“The Crucible” is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place during 1692 and 1693. It focuses on the hysteria that forms when more and more are accused of being witches.

“It’s a bit of a serious play,” said Drama Club co-president and junior Shannon Feeley. “It’s not like the comedies we usually do. You see several characters change and grow.”

“The Crucible” is part of the 11th grade curriculum. Newfane’s version will follow Arthur Miller’s play — which is what is taught in the school — not the film.

“Most students are learning it now,” said junior Corey Entwistle. “We thought it would be an ideal play.”

Despite the seriousness of the production, the cast is enjoying the challenge.

“It’s a nice change of pace,” said Feeley “It allows us to get out of our comfort zone and grow. It’s a nice challenge for us. “

Senior Danielle Burkard enjoys the emotion the characters have.

“A lot of the characters scream and yell,” she said. “It’s very emotional.”

This year’s drama club also features many new faces, several which have never been on stage before.

But despite being their first play, the cast believes they are doing very well and are really portraying their characters.

This is also one of the largest casts and crews for Newfane. Twenty will perform in the cast for “The Crucible.”

“I think (audiences) will like the overall seriousness of the play,” said Feeley. “I think it’s going to really, really wow them with the level of talent. They will also enjoy the level of excitement in the play … It’s definitely something to go see.”

This year’s production is co-directed by Drama Club advisor Lisa Fletcher and former Newfane student Crystal Adams.

Adams was a 2011 graduate and is returning to help direct her second play.

“The Crucible” will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Middle School auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door. They are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students.

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