SLT begins 46th year with "The Crucible."

Shawnee Little Theatre begins its 46th year with the Tony Award-winning drama "The Crucible" based on the Salem witch trials. Directed by Brandy Trout Bond, the play by Arthur Miller is celebrating 50 years of production as well this year.

Initially called "The Chronicles of Sarah Good,""The Crucible" is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Miller wrote the play as an allegory of McCarthyism, when the U.S. government blacklisted accused communists. It has been acclaimed through the years as one of the cornerstones of American drama.

Performances are Oct. 4, 5, 8,10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.. There is a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 6. Season and Patron ticket holders may make reservations beginning Monday, Sept. 30 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the SLT box office, 1829 Airport Drive.

General admission reservations will be accepted beginning Tuesday with the same box office hours through Saturday. Tickets may be reserved by phone at 275-2805 or online at Season tickets for the SLT 2013-2014 season will continue on sale at the box office through the run of "The Crucible".

The large cast includes Scott Bartley, Nicki Sherman, Brandon Dyer, Elisha Cosby, Anita Trout, Andy Pope, Garry Sounders, Tim Jolly and Terry Hopkins.

Also, Abby Morris, Maile Hopkins, Erin Presley, Julie Jolly, Chris Sherman, Kaeley Mastin, Sarah Thompson, Tom Newman, Eric Strimple, Jeff Foresee, Margaret Hopkins, Vonda Davis, Kevan Bond, Phoebe Perkins, Jadyn Powell, Harper Morris, Sabrina Bartley, Annika Stephens and Braxtyn West.

Other shows planned for the 2013-2014 season are "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" in December 2013; "Steel Magnolias" in February 2014; "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" in April 2014; and a season extra "Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.", a shortened version of the musical performed by SLT teens in June 2014.

"Tom Sawyer" Auditions:

Director Rebecca Fry will hold auditions for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Oct. 13 and 14 at 6:30 p.m. at SLT. There are roles for 6 males and 2 females. Cast ages preferably are 15-40, but older auditioners are welcome. Some actors will play multiple parts. This is a high energy and physical production. Come to the auditions dressed comfortably and prepared to demonstrate dance and movement skills.