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The crucible

Playing dates - 14th to 17th March 2018

Read through - Wednesday 8th November

Auditions - Friday 10th and Wednesday 15th November


synopsis

Arthur  Miller’s classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 and the McArthyism that gripped America in the 1950’s which was a witch-hunt against communism. The story of how the small town of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusation.


Characters

Reverend Parris.    Mid forties with some leeway. Sour, vindictive the main mover in instigating the witch trials.

Betty Parris Aged 10 but again some leeway. Involved in the original dancing in the woods but terrified of the consequences

Tituba. The Slave in the Parris household in the original is from Barbados but we can work round this. Age flexible.

Abigail Williams Late teens – mid twenties. Main protagonist of the dancing and erstwhile lover of John Proctor.

Susanna Walcott Similar age to Abigail nervous lass also involved in the dancing.

Ann Putnam Forties-fifties. A death ridden woman haunted by dreams.

Thomas Putnam Fiftyish, well to do hard handed landowner.

Mercy Lewis The Putnam’s servant, another one of the “girls” similar age to Abigail.

Mary Warren The  Proctor’s servant another of the “girls”

John Proctor Farmer, thirty – fortyish Main character. He challenged the whole witchcraft idea and ultimately paid the price.

Rebecca Nurse Aged, well respected member of the community

Giles Corey Aged no nonsense farmer with very little time for the whole witchcraft thing.

Reverend John Hale The “expert” brought in to investigate the accusations of witchcraft. Thirty – forty intellectual.

Elizabeth Proctor Wife of John finds it difficult to express her emotions.

Francis Nurse Husband of Rebecca. A good man devastated when his wife is accused of witchcraft.

Ezekial Cheever Clerk of the court, charged with delivering summonses Indeterminate age, bit of a jobsworth.

Marshal Herrick The town marshal. Does not enjoy his job of arresting his erstwhile friends nut is constrained to do so. Any age.

Judge Hathorne Bitter twisted man in his sixties-ish. Charged with judging those accused of witchcraft.

Deputy governor Danforth. Mid sixties, sensible of his position but  essentially a fair man.

Sarah Good The “mad” old woman “who do sleep in ditches Also accused of witchcraft.


There is some possibility of doubling. Many of the parts are quite  small so would require less time. I will try to split the rehearsals up so that characters will not be required for all rehearsals, especially  the smaller parts.



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