“The Crucible” at Kaufman Auditorium

The Marquette Senior High School Drama Club is getting ready for its next production.

It’s one of the best-known American plays ever written.

“The Crucible” is a dramatic version of the Salem witch trials.

Arthur Miller wrote it in the 1950s, using the religious hysteria of late-1600s Massachusetts to criticize McCarthyism during the Cold War.

Sam Carter, who plays Mary Warren in the production, likes how each character has a different motive for his or her actions.

Marianne Nezich says her character, Elizabeth Proctor, initially comes across as a very cold, uncaring person, but as the plot develops, she and her husband John reconcile as a result of the witch hunt.

The drama club performed Act One of the play this morning at Kaufman Auditorium as a dress rehearsal of sorts.

English classes from MSHS were there to watch.

The performances are at Kaufman Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 each for adults and $6 for students or seniors.