MORE than half a century ago, Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, took to the stage for the first time.
Now, Emu Heights Productions will bring the popular play to the Joan from November 15.
Director Ian Zammit said that although the production was written more than 50 years ago, it was still relevant in today's society.
"Blaming witches was just an excuse to get rid of people that they didn't like," Mr Zammit said.
"The Crucible is relevant in today's media and politics and the way the stories are beaten up to create hysteria.
"In the end this hysteria will cause people to point fingers at each other.
"Even friends point fingers at friends."
The play has a cast of 19 — the biggest cast Mr Zammit has worked with at Emu Heights Productions.
"This means a higher level of manual labour and more costumes," Mr Zammit said.
"It also means investing more time in the production and having more rehearsals."
The company was launched in 2011 by Mr Zammit and his wife Michele.
"There weren't many shows in western Sydney," he said. "I thought that there would be students who would love to see them out here."
While the productions cater for students studying for the Higher School Certificate, Mr Zammit said he wanted to open them to the public, too.
"I want to get people back into the theatre," he said.
Tickets: $35 adults and $25 students/concession.
■ Details: jspac.com.au or 4723 7600.