Centaurus High to perform ‘The Crucible’ through LGBTQ lens

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11/04/2022

Centaurus High theater students wanted a fall play that celebrated their diversity and tackled a social issue. They chose Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” a 1953 play that uses the Salem witch trials to critique McCarthyism, and reworked it to tell the story through an LGBTQ lens — keeping the original themes of the absurdity of extremism and the disastrous consequences of a lack of empathy. “Arthur Miller provided this really great framework to talk about more contemporary issues facing our world,” said Caleb Loewengart, a senior who is the president of the Centaurus Theatre Company and the student director for “The Crucible.” “What’s been great is to see all these people in our theater company tell stories that affect them personally. We’re giving a voice to people who don’t always have that opportunity, especially in high school.”

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