Drama Play Needs Male Talents
Location: Auburn, ME
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
Auditions for "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.
Runs: February 3 - 12, 2017.
The Crucible written by Arthur Miller It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory of McCarthyism, when the U.S. government blacklisted accused communists. The play was first performed at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway on January 22, 1953 and the production won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. The action begins in the home of Reverend Parris, whose daughter Betty lies unconscious and appears very ill. Around midnight the night before, Parris discovered his daughter and niece Abigail, and Tituba, his black slave, dancing in the woods with other girls from the town. Abigail threatens the girls with violence if they tell anyone what they had been doing in the woods. Abigail, who has tried to put a spell on Good Proctor for dismissing her from her home. John Proctor was having an affair with Abigail, and refuses to acknowledge it so she accuses Good Proctor and others of being witches.
Notes on Audition:
You must participate in all three units (vocal, choreography, dialogue) in order to be considered for a role. You'll be asked to fill out an AUDITION WORKSHEET onsite. All the questions on the worksheet must be answered.
Please come prepared to read for the role you are auditioning and any other roles that the director would like to hear you read. Please familiarize yourself with the show and the relationship between the characters.
John Proctor (Approximately 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.
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.
Thomas (Approximately 40's) Wealthy husband who uses the witchcraft frenzy implicates rivals and enemies.
Rev. John Hale (Approximately 40's) 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.
Deputy Governor John Danforth (Approximately 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 (Approximately 40's-60's) Associate Judge in the Salem court.
Giles Corey (Approximately 70'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. Martha Corey is hanged.
Mercy Lewis (Approximately late teens) Servant of the Proctors who took part in the conjuring rite in the forest.
Ezekiel Cheever (30 - 60) Appointed by the court to assist in arresting accused individuals.
Marshal Herrick Appointed by the court to arrest the accused individuals.