The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) checks out worry, stress and anxiety, jealousy, and witchcraft with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Oct. 19-28 in the Black Box Theatre. Darren “Daz” Weller directs.
Miller’s searing 1953 commentary on McCarthysim focuses on the town of Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s. A series of bad luck, indiscretions, and regional girls dancing “devilishly” in the woods cause the notorious Salem witch trials. This traditional American drama explores what takes place when a community turns against its own people.
Weller moved to Las Vegas from Australia in 2010 and is the artistic director at Cockroach Theatre Company. He finished with a bachelor’s degree in acting from the Queensland University of Innovation in 1998 and has worked extensively with the majority of Australia’s major theatre companies, including the Sydney Theatre Business, Company B Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Business, the Bell Shakespeare Business, Theatre of Image, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Business, and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. His U.S. directing credits consist of: Macbeth and Great Kids (NCT), Spinning into Butter, 7 Fatal Sins and The Father (Cockroach Theatre Company), The Piff the Magic Dragon Show (the Flamingo), and The Small Area Festival (Emergency Arts). He is resident director of Human Nature’s The Motown Program (the Venetian) and Spiegelworld’s Vegas Nocturne (Rose.Rabbit.Lie. inside the Cosmopolitan). This year he will direct Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat at Cockroach. Because transferring to Las Vegas, he has looked like an actor in the following plays: The Christians and Love, Love, Love ( Cockroach Theatre Business), The Hound of the Baskervilles, To Kill a Mockingbird and Pippin (NCT), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (A Public Fit), Doubt (Las Vegas Little Theatre), The Wizard of OZ and A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Las Vegas Shakespeare Business). For television, he was among the lead cast members in the 11-part sketch funny series Double Take for Freemantle Media and Channel 7, and has actually appeared in guest roles for many Australian broadcast network programs.
The cast consists of Johann Heske as Reverend Parris; Olivia Enriquez as Betty Parris; Noah Keeling as Tituba; Aviana Glover as Abigail Williams; Jaeda Larkins as Susanna Walcott; Nicole Holbrook as Mrs. Ann Putnam; Spencer Bisek as Thomas Putnam; Sydney Story as Grace Lewis; Juliana Renee Martin as Mary Warren; Nate Marble as John Proctor; Joan Mullaney as Rebecca Nurse; Gail Romero as Giles Corey; Bobby Lang as Reverend John Hale; Tola Lawal as Elizabeth Proctor; Sherri Brewer as Frances Nurse; Maurice Green as Ezekiel Cheever; Matthew Fischer as Marshal Willard; Cameron Bass as Judge Hawthorne; Delius Doherty as Deputy Gov. Danforth; Ashlie Carter as Sarah Good; and Axel Knight as Hopkins. The teen chorus consists of Kyra Bracamontes, Gavin Robertson, Ruliko Cronin, and Kyara Williams.
The production and style group consists of picturesque designer Joe Garcia, lighting designer Kirt Siders, sound designer Rosalie Chaleunsouck, outfit designer Gabrielle Lewis, technical director Marta Sarrion-Arrue, and production stage manager M. Sohaa Smith.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 & & 20 and Oct. 25-27.
2 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.
Tickets are $20. Discounts are offered.
For tickets or extra info, check out the Performing Arts Center websiteor call 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).
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