Published on March 1, 2017 by Ashley Smith  
Crucible Poster

Samford University’s School of the Arts presents The Crucible March 23–26 in Harrison Theatre. The production is part of the university’s Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series. 

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 23–25 and 2:30 p.m. March 26.

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a passionate allegory on courage and justice in a world fraught with greed and vengeance. Set against the backdrop of the Salem witch trials, Miller created one of the landmark works of American theatre from his experiences related to the McCarthy hearings in 1952.

According to Don Sandley, Department of Theatre and Dance chair, “This season has been an exploration of our student’s versatility. We have intentionally sought to present a wide range of genres to highlight just how much talent and preparation our students are capable of. With The Crucible, we take on an American classic, and a play with social and political themes that seem more relevant now than ever. I hope our audiences are moved to thought and prayer by the power of this play.”

The theatre and dance season will round out the year with a musical theatre new works initiative Pretty Funny April 6–9 and then the One-Act Festival May 4. More than 110 students have participated in the variety of productions this year that have showcased talent from across the Samford campus.

Tickets are available online or through the Samford Box Office, 205-726-2853. 

Ashley Smith is marketing and communication coordinator for Samford Arts.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.