Arthur Miller's The Crucible rounds-off the theater season at NWSA

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Arthur Miller’s The Crucible rounds-off the theater season at NWSA

Miami --- Arthur Miller's 1953 play The Crucible rounds-off the 2011 theater season at New World School of the Arts. Directed by Andrew Noble, the show will be  actors in NWSA's The Cruciblepresented by 24 students from the high school program comprised of the junior or senior class.
 
The five-day schedule begins on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 pm. Louise O. Gerrits Theatre, 25 N.E. 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami.  Additional performances will be on May 19, May 20, and May 21 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 pm. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5 and can be purchased online at nwsa.mdc.edu.  General admission tickets are $12. Students $5.

After 21 years of teaching at New World School of the Arts, director/actor/professor Andrew Noble will conclude his tenure at NWSA with this powerful production. The Crucible was the first play performed by Noble and “Proctor” was his first role while in acting school - of this he comments, "The experience has guided my belief in athe theatre of ideas throughout my career. I am privileged to return, full circle, to Miller's masterpiece and to re-examine it with this talented group of students." In The Crucible, responsibility for one's actions is placed on invisible 'unnatural causes' and a whole community is consumed by the belief that the devil is in Salem. NWSA's presentation, according to Noble, "seeks to embody that sense of forensic enquiry, the minute dissection of the cadaver, the observers on high, and the pattern of concentric circles reflecting Ann Putnam's cautionary words, ‘There are wheels within wheels...fires within fires.’”
 
Andy Noble (Actors' Workshop, Introduction to Theatre, Mask Characterization, Theatre Appreciation) is a British actor, director, and teacher. He trained as teacher and actor at the University of Birmingham College of Education and the East 15 Acting School (in the methodology of Joan Littlewood) in England where he founded The Orchard Theatre Company, under the aegis of the Dartington Hall Trust/Beaford Centre, which became a model for peripathetic theatre in Europe. Noble was awarded a Director's Bursary by the Arts Council of Great Britain and served on the Theatre Panel, South West Arts Association. Subsequently, he became Artistic /Managing Director of The Plough Arts Centre, programming independent and mainstream cinema, theatre (including Royal Shakespeare Company), and art exhibitions.  Named Best Actor in a Play by The New Times for the title role in Brian Friel's The Faith Healer, Andrew Noble has acted in many local professional theatres. Andrew Noble began teaching at NWSA in 1990 and will retire from the program this year.
 
Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing on stage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through its partnership with the University of Florida NWSA is able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.
 
For more information about the theater program at NWSA, call (305) 237-3541 or visit nwsa.mdc.edu.
 
Photo Captions: Krista Flood-Ridgard and Daniel Gerchakov.

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