Audition Information

Our season schedule contains the audition and performance dates for our six mainstage shows.  We will post more details at least two weeks in advance of each audition.

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Dates, Synopsis & Character Lists

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The Crucible (Drama) Arthur Miller

Auditions November 4 & 5 at 7:00 pm
Performances 1/11/19 – 1/27/19

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.
This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft.

The Crucible character descriptions

Ages are listed as approximate. If you are in the general age RANGE or can play a
particular age, please audition. Often the ages of characters are adjusted (within
reason) when we are casting these shows.
John Proctor (Playing 30’s) Honest farmer forced to defend his wife and
himself against witchcraft charges. While his wife was ill, he succumbed to
temptation and was intimate with Abigail Williams, a beautiful but malevolent 17-
year-old. Although Proctor later rejects Abigail and admits his wrongdoing to his
wife, Abigail continues to pursue him.
Elizabeth Proctor (Approximately late 20’s-30’s) John Proctor’s loyal and upright
wife. She comes to realize that she may have been partly at fault for her husband's
unfaithfulness because she was not always as warm and loving as she could have
Rev. Samuel Parris (Approximately 40’s) Salem's current minister. A faction in his
congregation is attempting to replace him. He at first attempts to silence rumors
of witchcraft because his own daughter, Betty, and his niece, Abigail Williams,
were involved in conjuring rites. However, he later vigorously supports the witch
trials when he sees that they will work to his advantage.
Betty Parris (Playing10-15) Daughter of the Rev. Parris. At the beginning of
the play, she lies in a stupor supposedly caused by witchcraft.
Abigail Williams (Playing late teens) Seventeen-year-old orphan whose
parents were killed by Indians. She lives with her uncle, the Rev. Parris, and
his daughter, Betty. In a conjuring rite in the forest, where Abigail and other
girls dance wildly around a cauldron, Abigail drinks rooster blood in attempt to
summon spirits to kill Elizabeth Proctor. Mrs. Proctor had fired Abigail from
her job as a servant at the Proctor farm because Abigail seduced her husband.
Tituba (Mature African-American) Slave of the Rev. Parris. The
minister brought her to Salem from Barbados, where she learned occult practices.
She presides at a conjuring session involving teenage and adolescent girls from
Thomas & Ann Putnam (Playing 30s - 50s) Wealthy husband and wife who use
the witchcraft frenzy implicate rivals and enemies.
Rev. John Hale (Playing 40’s - 50s) Expert in detecting spirits. Well educated, he
takes pride in his knowledge of the occult, but he is fair-minded. Although he first
believes townspeople may be practicing witchcraft, he later defends accused
persons, in particular Mr. and Mrs. Proctor.
Rebecca Nurse (Approximately 60’s-70s) Charitable Salem resident whom Ann Putnam accuses of witchcraft.
Mary Warren (Playing late teens) Eighteen-year-old servant of the Proctors who took part in the conjuring rite in the forest. She first agrees to testify against Abigail and the others. But, under pressure from her peers and the court, she renounces her testimony and sides with Abigail.
Deputy Governor John Danforth (Playing 50s- 60’s) Presiding judge who conducts the witchcraft hearings and trials. He admits spectral evidence (testimony of witnesses who believe they saw townspeople in the presence of the devil) but refuses to accept a deposition presented by John Proctor. The deposition, signed by Mary Warren, is intended as evidence that could lead to the exoneration of Elizabeth Proctor and others.
John Hathorne (Playing 40’s-60’s) Associate Judge.
Giles Corey (Playing 60’s-80’s) Innocent citizen accused of witchcraft after he attempts to defend his wife, Martha, and expose scheming John Putnam. A courageous 83-year-old who defies the court, he is pressed to death with heavy stones.
Mercy Lewis (Playing late teens) Teenage servant of the Proctors who took part in the conjuring rite in the forest.
Susanna Walcott (Playing late teens) Teenager who took part in the rite in the forest.
Sarah Good (Playing 50+) Poor, homeless woman accused of witchcraft.
Francis Nurse: 60 – 85.
Ezekiel Cheever: 30 – 60.
We may cast additional townspersons and/or teenage girls in the production.

Full Synopsis

The Crucible: Act One
The initial scenes take place in the home of Reverend Parris, the town’s spiritual leader. His ten-year-old daughter, Betty, lies in bed, unresponsive. She and the other local girls spent the previous evening performing a ritual while dancing in the wilderness. Abigail, Parris’ seventeen-year-old niece, is the 'wicked' leader of the girls. Mr. and Mrs. Putnam, loyal followers of Parris, are very concerned for their own sickly daughter. The Putnams are the first to openly suggest that witchcraft is plaguing the town. They insist that Parris root out the witches within the community. Not surprisingly, they suspect anyone who despises Rev. Parris, or any member who fails to attend church on a regular basis.

Halfway through Act One, the play's tragic hero, John Proctor, enters the Parris household to check on the still comatose Betty. He seems uncomfortable to be alone with Abigail. Through dialogue, we learn that young Abigail used to work in the Proctors' home, and the seemingly humble farmer Proctor had an affair seven months ago. When John's Proctor's wife found out, she sent Abigail away from their home. Since then, Abigail has been scheming to remove Elizabeth Proctor so that she can claim John to herself.

Reverend Hale, a self-proclaimed specialist in the art of detecting witches, enters the Parris household. John Proctor is quite skeptical of Hale’s purpose and soon leaves for home. Hale confronts Tituba, Rev. Harris's slave from Barbados, pressuring her to admit her association with Satan. Tituba believes that the only way to avoid being executed is to lie, so she begins to invent stories about being in league with the devil. Then, Abigail sees her chance to stir up an enormous amount of mayhem. She behaves as though she is bewitched.

When the curtain draws on Act One, the audience realizes that every person mentioned by the girls is in severe danger.

The Crucible: Act Two
Set in Proctor’s home, the act begins by showing the daily life of John and Elizabeth. The protagonist has returned from seeding his farmland. Here, their dialogue reveals that the couple is still coping with tension and frustration relative to John's affair with Abigail. Elizabeth cannot yet trust her husband. Likewise, John has not yet forgiven himself. Their marital problems shift, however, when Rev. Hale appears at their door. We learn that many women, including the saintly Rebecca Nurse, have been arrested on the charge of witchcraft. Hale is suspicious of the Proctor family because they don’t go to church every Sunday. Moments later, officials from Salem arrive. Much to Hale’s surprise, they arrest Elizabeth Proctor. Abigail has accused her of witchcraft and attempted murder via black magic and voodoo dolls. John Proctor promises to free her, but he is enraged by the injustice of the situation.

The Crucible: Act Three
John Proctor convinces one of the 'spellbound' girls, his servant Mary Warren, to admit that they were only pretending during all of their demonic fits. The court is overseen by Judge Hawthorne and Judge Danforth, two very serious men who self-righteously believe that they can never be fooled.John Proctor brings forth Mary Warren who very timidly explains that she and the girls have never seen any spirits or devils. Judge Danforth does not want to believe this.

Abigail and the other girls enter the courtroom. They defy the truth that Mary Warren tries to reveal. This charade angers John Proctor and, in a violent outburst, he calls Abigail a harlot. He reveals their affair. Abigail vehemently denies it. John swears that his wife can confirm the affair. He emphasizes that his wife never lies.To determine the truth, Judge Danforth summons Elizabeth into the courtroom. Hoping to save her husband, Elizabeth denies that her husband had ever been with Abigail. Unfortunately, this dooms John Proctor. Abigail leads the girls in a make-believe fit of possession. Judge Danforth is convinced that Mary Warren has gained a supernatural hold upon the girls. Frightened for her life, Mary Warren claims that she too is possessed and that John Proctor is the Devil’s Man. Danforth places John under arrest.

The Crucible: Act Four
Three months later, John Proctor is chained in a dungeon. Twelve members of the community have been executed for witchcraft. Many others, including Tituba and Rebecca Nurse, sit in jail, awaiting hanging. Elizabeth is still incarcerated, but since she is pregnant she won’t be executed for at least another year. The scene reveals a very distraught Reverend Parris. Several nights ago, Abigail ran away from home, stealing his life savings in the process. He now realizes that if well-loved townspeople such as Proctor and Rebecca Nurse are executed, the citizens might retaliate with sudden and extreme violence. Therefore, he and Hale have been trying to solicit confessions from the prisoners in order to spare them from the hangman’s noose.

Rebecca Nurse and the other prisoners choose not to lie, even at the cost of their lives. John Proctor, however, does not want to die like a martyr. He wants to live. Judge Danforth states that if John Proctor signs a written confession his life will be saved. John reluctantly agrees. They also pressure him to implicate others, but John is unwilling to do this. Once he signs the document, he refuses to hand over the confession. He doesn’t want his name to be posted to the door of the church. He declares, “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Judge Danforth demands the confession. John Proctor rips it to pieces.

The judge condemns Proctor to hang. He and Rebecca Nurse are taken to the gallows. Hale and Parris are both devastated. They urge Elizabeth to plead with John and the judge so that he might be spared. However, Elizabeth, on the verge of collapse, says, “He has his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!”The curtains close with the eerie sound of drums rattling. The audience knows that John Proctor and the others are moments away from execution.

For more information, call director Bryan Bergeron @ 321-394-1956
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