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THE CRUCIBLE - Auditions Notice               


Master Arts Theatre is announcing auditions for the Tony award winning play, THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller.  This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of contemporary society.


THE CRUCIBLE 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 her lie, and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted.  Instead of saving his wife, the farmer suddenly finds himself accused of witchcraft along with a host of others in the community.


Director:     Walter Riegler


Audition dates are:


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 at 10:00 am

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 AT 6:30 PM


Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script; and time will given for prepared monologues, which are encouraged.  Copies of the script are available for check out at the Master Arts Box Office for a $5 deposit that will be refunded upon the scripts return.  Scripts available starting August 16 but must be returned by Friday, September 9th prior to auditions.


For more information, character list and to pre-register for auditions online, visit masterarts.ludus.com.  Scroll down our event list to your preferred audition day & time and select Get Tickets, then fill out the included form.


THE CRUCIBLE is produce with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


20 parts - 10 women 10 men


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS


John Proctor

A local farmer who lives just outside town; Elizabeth Proctor’s husband. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. Nevertheless, he has a hidden sin—his affair with Abigail Williams—that proves his downfall. When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined.


Abigail Williams

Reverend Parris’s niece. Abigail was once the servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her after she discovered that Abigail was having an affair with her husband, John Proctor. Abigail is smart, wily, a good liar, and vindictive when crossed.


Reverend John Hale

A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. Reverend Hale is called in to Salem to examine Parris’s daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused.


Elizabeth Proctor

John Proctor’s wife. Elizabeth fired Abigail when she discovered that her husband was having an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth is supremely virtuous, but often cold.


Reverend Parris

The minister of Salem’s church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with building his position in the community.


Rebecca Nurse

Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible, and upright woman, held in tremendous regard by most of the Salem community. However, she falls victim to hysteria when the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she refuses to confess.


Francis Nurse

A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but he is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife.


Judge Danforth

The deputy governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupu-lous, at least in his own mind, Danforth is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft.


Giles Corey

An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits. Giles’s wife, Martha, is accused of witchcraft, and he himself is eventually held in contempt of court and pressed to death with large stones.


Thomas Putnam

A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, Putnam holds a grudge against Francis Nurse for preventing Putnam’s brother-in-law from being elected to the office of minister. He uses the witch trials to increase his own wealth by accusing people of witchcraft and then buying up their land.


Ann Putnam

Thomas Putnam’s wife. Ann Putnam has given birth to eight children, but only Ruth Putnam survived. The other seven died before they were a day old, and Ann is convinced that they were murdered by supernatural means.


Ruth Putnam

The Putnams’ lone surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.


Tituba

Reverend Parris’s slave from Barbados. Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s request.


Mary Warren

The servant in the Proctor household and a member of Abigail’s group of girls. She is a timid girl, easily influenced by those around her, who tried unsuccessfully to expose the hoax and ultimately recanted her confession.


Betty Parris

Reverend Parris’s ten-year-old daughter. Betty falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the forest with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft.


Martha Corey

Giles Corey’s third wife. Martha’s reading habits lead to her arrest and conviction for witchcraft.


Ezekiel Cheever

A man from Salem who acts as clerk of the court during the witch trials. He is upright and determined to do his duty for justice.


Judge Hathorne

A judge who presides, along with Danforth, over the witch trials.


Herrick

The marshal of Salem.


Mercy Lewis

One of the girls in Abigail’s group.


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