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Belton Theatre Presents “The Crucible”

Belton Theatre Department will perform “Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, an exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem, on October 26, 27, and 28, at the Belton High School Performing Arts Center.

"“The Crucible” is both a gripping historical play and a riveting parable of our contemporary society,” described Belton High School Theatre Director Melissa Stuhff. “Based on true events, Belton High School Theatre is excited to perform this American Classic for our community.”

In a special arrangement adapted with modern elements, the story focuses on a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

 Coltan Beaird on stage in character as John Proctor

Coltan Beaird, the Belton High School junior who plays the farmer, John Proctor, said, “Originally I was overwhelmed by the idea of playing such a crucial and tragic man. He, and the rest of the characters, are bolstered with powerful emotions and the responsibilities of each actor to display them can be demanding, but we’ve grown as a cast and stepped into the shoes of those roles.”

Kaitlynn Kempf on stage in character as Abigail Williams

Belton New Tech High School at Waskow Junior Kaitlynn Kempf described her portrayal of the malicious, young servant-girl, Abigail Williams, and experience with the play as, “This entire show has brought me a clarity and whole new understanding to life as we know it, and although it may be hard, I know through our production and comparison to the present day life, you will be able to grasp this understanding as I did; leaving with a newfound appreciation.”

While it is clear that the students involved with “The Crucible” have taken much away from their time working on the fall show, audiences that attend one of the three performances should expect to as well.

 “I’m confident that we will give the audience their own taste of Salem.” said Beaird.

Cast members of "The Crucible" during rehearsal.


For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit Belton Theatre Department’s website.


Elizabeth Cox