The Crucible by Arthur Miller
About the Play
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 and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
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.
“A powerful drama.” —NY Times.
“Strongly written.” —NY Daily News.
Director: Ros Johnson
Assistant Director: Hannah Bliss
Saturday 6th October & Sunday 7th October
Auditions will be held in the Greenroom in the Theatre.
Please arrive approx. 15 minutes prior to your allotted audition time and confirm your arrival in the foyer of the theatre.
**Please keep Monday 8th October open in case the production team require you for a call back – you will be notified by the director personally if this is a requirement.
Please prepare a dramatic monologue (1-2mins) and be prepared for a possible cold read of some lines from the play. Classic 20th century plays preferred.
Rehearsals will take place in the theatre on a weekly basis unless otherwise advised. Because the show rehearsal period runs over Christmas, rehearsals will break between Dec 14 2018 & Jan 2 2018.
Monday & Wednesday nights @ 7-10pm from Oct 10
Readthrough with full cast Oct 14
Sundays @ 9-4pm from Nov 18
Please note rehearsal times are subject to change and are at the discretion of the production team. If you are successful in becoming a cast member, you will be notified of the formal rehearsal period and any changes/additions made to the schedule.
As a cast member you will be expected to be available for the full rehearsal period.
Friday 1st Feb @ 7pm (Opening Night)
Saturday 2nd Feb @ 7pm
Friday 8th Feb @ 7pm
Saturday 9th Feb @ 7pm
Sunday 10th Feb @ 6pm
Friday 15th Feb @ 7pm
Saturday 16th Feb @ 2pm
Saturday 16th Feb @ 7pm
To Book Your Audition
Please send an email to Ros directly via email@example.com to book your audition.
Please include & specify
- Full name, age and contact details
- The character/s you wish to audition for
- Preferred day for audition – you can specify morning or afternoon we will try to accommodate
Ros will confirm with you via return email your audition slot.
All auditionees will receive notification of the outcome of their audition. Unfortunately individual feedback cannot be provided to audtionees due to the large response our theatre receives.
If you are successful, you will be required to become a financial member of the theatre ($25 for annual membership) and will receive rehearsal material upon completion of your membership.
Casting information – accents will be British based – pref northern/rural but not specifically located. Not looking to change gender of any characters. Ages indicated are PLAYING age not actual age of actor. Looking for an actor of African appearance for Tituba.
Main Character (3-4 scenes)
John Proctor – The play’s protagonist and husband of Elizabeth Proctor. A local farmer, John is known for his independence and temper. M 30-40
Reverend John Hale A young minister from Beverly, Massachusetts, known for his knowledge of witchcraft. M 25-45
Elizabeth Proctor – John’s wife. F late 20s-35
Featured Character (2-3 scenes)
Reverend Samuel Parris – The minister of Salem. M 30-50
Tituba- The Parris family slave F 20-50 (actor of colour preferred)
Abigail Williams – The main antagonist of the play. F 17-25
Mercy Lewis – Abigail͛s friend, an accuser. F 17-25
Mary Warren- The Proctor family’s servant. F 17-25
Giles Corey- A close friend of Proctor’s. M 40+
Rebecca Nurse- an elderly, respected member of the community F 50+
Ezekiel Cheever – The corrupt clerk of Salem’s General Court M 20+
Judge John Hathorne – One of the two judges presiding over the court. M 40+
Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth – The chief judge of the court. M 40+
Minor Character (1-2 scenes / limited lines)
Susanna Walcott – A servant girl and part of Abigail’s inner circle. F 17-25
Ann Putnam – A rich and well-connected member of Salem’s elite. F 35+
Thomas Putnam One of the richest men in Salem. He is greedy and conniving M 40+
Betty Parris – The daughter of Samuel Parris and one of the primary accusers. F 12-15
Francis Nurse – Her husband M 50+
George Herrick- Herrick is the town marshal of Salem M 30+
John Willard – Court deputy M 18+
Sarah Good- a jailed ͚witch͛ really just a homeless woman. F 30+
Witch-crying ensemble – some extra teenage girls to create the courtroom scene