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The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

6 - 9 June 2018

Reading: Weds 28 March 2018

Audition: Weds 4 April 2018

Director: Yvette Owen (kidsbeingkids@uwclub.net)

 

Characters

Reverend Parris 40+ Minister in Salem. He believes a faction plans to force him to leave Salem, so he attempts to strengthen his authority through the witch trial proceedings.

Betty Parris 10+ Parris' daughter. Her father discovers her dancing in the woods, and she later accuses individuals of practicing witchcraft.

Abigail Williams 18-25 Parris' niece. She instigates the witch trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft. She pretends to see spirits and instructs the other girls to pretend as well.

Tituba 20-40 Parris' slave. Parris discovers her casting spells and making potions with the girls in the woods.

Mrs. Ann Putnam 40+ Wife of Thomas Putnam. She believes that a witch is responsible for the deaths of her seven infant children. Her jealousy of Rebecca Nurse leads her to accuse Goody Nurse of being a witch.

Thomas Putnam 40+ A greedy landowner in Salem. He systematically accuses his neighbors of witchcraft so that he might purchase their lands after they hang.

Ruth Putnam 14+ The Putnams' daughter. She accuses individuals of practicing witchcraft. A witness claims to have heard Putnam say Ruth's accusations helped him obtain land.

Mary Warren 18-30 Servant to the Proctors. She goes along with Abigail and the girls by falsely accusing others of witchcraft; however, she later admits that she was lying.

Mercy Lewis 14+ Servant to the Putnams and friend to Abigail. She participates in the witch trials by pretending to see spirits and falsely accusing individuals of witchcraft.

John Proctor 40+ Salem farmer and former lover of Abigail's. Accused of Witchcraft.

Elizabeth Proctor 40+ Wife of John Proctor. She is a decent and honest woman, who dismissed Abigail because of her affair with John Proctor.

Reverend Hale 18-30 Minister in Beverly. The people of Salem summon him to investigate Betty's condition and determine if witchcraft is responsible. He supports the witch trials, but later denounces them when he learns that Abigail is lying.

Rebecca Nurse 60+ Wife of Francis Nurse. She is one of the most respected individuals in Salem because of her kindness and charity. She argues against the witch trial investigations. Mrs. Putnam accuses her of witchcraft.

Francis Nurse 60+ Farmer and landowner in Salem. He is a respected member of the community often called upon to settle disagreements between individuals.

Susanna Walcott 14+ Friend to Abigail. She also takes part in the trials by falsely accusing others of witchcraft.

Giles Corey 60+ Elderly inhabitant of Salem. He challenges the court in an attempt to defend his wife who has been convicted of witchcraft. 

Sarah Good 50+ Beggar in Salem. She is the first individual accused of witchcraft.

Judge Hathorne 40+ A judge in the Salem court.

Deputy Governor Danforth 40+ A special judge serving in the Salem court during the witch trials. He signs the death sentences for those individuals who refuse to confess their crimes. He refuses to delay any execution for fear that he will appear weak and irresolute.

Ezekial Cheever 18-40Appointed by the court to assist in arresting accused individuals.

Marshal Herrick 18-40 Appointed by the court to arrest the accused individual

Extra Girls 12+ For the Opening scene and court scene

I am looking for a good range of ages so I don't want to pigeon hole the ages too much
Reverend Hale Mary Warren & Abigail Williams could be played by any age up to 30 as long as the actor looks appropriate and can deliver the character in a believable way.