Auditions: The Crucible

Lane Cove Theatre Company

AUDITIONS

Arthur Miller’s

THE CRUCIBLE

Directed by Dan Graham

Friday 8th February from 6pm

Saturday 9th February from 10am

Lane Cove Uniting Church

Cox’s Lane Activities Room. Corner of Cox’s Lane and Finlayson Street, Lane Cove.

To book an audition time please contact lanecovetheatre

REQUIREMENTS

Please ensure that you have read the play and are familiar with the script.

Prepare a suitable 2 min monologue and read the audition passages on our website atwww.lanecovetheatrecpmpany.com (under the auditions tab). If you have any problems downloading these passages please advise us so they can be sent to you in email form.

You will be asked to read from these passages so be familiar with them.

THE CHARACTERS

Reverend Parris: mid 40s. A widower with little understanding of children. Before entering the ministry, Parris was a merchant in Barbados, and his ministry still bears signs of his business background.

Betty Parris: Parris’s young daughter, whose illness sparks the action of the play.

Tituba: F, 40s. Parris’s servant, brought back from Barbados.

Abigail Williams: late teens, an orphan, living with Rev. Parris, who is her uncle. Older than Betty, and able to influence the other girls.

Susanna Walcott: teenager, younger than Abigail, and easily led by her, Susanna is a nervous girl. She works for the local doctor, Dr Briggs.

Ann Putnam: married to Thomas Putnam, an influential family in Salem. But of eight children born to her, only one daughter has survived, and she is jealous of Rebecca’s large family.

Thomas Putnam: the eldest son of the richest man in the village, and with a high opinion of his own intellect. Married to Ann.

Mercy Lewis: Miller describes her as “merciless”. She is the Putnam’s servant. Late teens.

Mary Warren: late teens. The Proctor’s servant. Naïve and subservient, she is easily swayed by Abigail.

John Proctor: a hard working farmer in his thirties. Well respected in Salem and not easily influenced by others.

Rebecca Nurse: early 70s. Held in very high regard in the village, Rebecca is gentle and kind. She has eleven children and twenty six grandchildren!

Giles Corey: a farmer in his early eighties, and going deaf, Giles is nevertheless a determined protector of his rights and property; to which end he has been in court six times during the year.

Reverend John Hale: nearly 40; he is confident in his abilities as a specialist in ascertaining witchcraft, which he has studied in detail.

Elizabeth Proctor: wife of John, she is “not wholly well”, perhaps since the birth of their third child.

Francis Nurse: Husband of Rebecca, whom he tries to protect when she is accused of witchcraft.

Ezekiel Cheever: Ezekiel is employed as a court official.

Marshal Herrick: is also employed by the court, but he is uncomfortable about some of the things he is expected to do.

Judge Hathorne: a lawyer from Boston, who is employed as the prosecutor.

Deputy Governor Danforth: confident and determined that the law must be upheld, even at the risk of obscuring the truth.

Sarah Good: a poor, confused beggar who is accused of witchcraft.

Hopkins: a messenger.

THE SHOW

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of its first staged production, Miller’s exquisite American tragedy is more relevant today than it ever was. A classic parable of mass hysteria, The Crucible draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 – ‘one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history’ – and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. The story of how the small community 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 accusations. A searing tale of belonging, intolerance, and moral courage that is destined to resonate for centuries to come. Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.

This production will be staged from 17 May – 1 June 2013

For further enquiries or to book an audition time please email us atlanecovetheatre

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