The Character Breakdown
- John Proctor
- (30s – 40s) A local farmer who lives just outside town; Elizabeth Proctor’s husband. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy & tries to be a stand-up guy. Nevertheless, he has a hidden sin—his affair with Abigail Williams—that proves his downfall. When the hysteria begins, he tries to save his wife, yet hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined. Caged by guilt, Proctor journeys to regain his self-respect & redemption.
- Abigail Williams
- (19) 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, vengeful, selfish, manipulative, vindictive, and a magnificent liar.
- Elizabeth Proctor
- (30s – 40s) John Proctor’s wife. Elizabeth fired Abigail when she discovered that her husband was having an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth is supremely virtuous, good, moral, and upright, but often cold. She will never lie, but when called to tell the truth in court she ends up damning her husband.
- Reverend John Hale
- (35 – 45) A neighboring minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. Hale is a committed Christian and experienced witch-hunter. 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. He ends up a broken, cynical man.
- Mary Warren
- (18) The new 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 tries unsuccessfully to expose the hoax of witchcraft. She is a weak girl who gets in way over her head with what’s going on around her.
- Reverend Parris
- (40s) The minister of Salem’s church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. He is a greedy, spineless, wormy little character. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with maintaining his position in the community.
- (30s – 50s) Reverend Parris’ black slave from Barbados. Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s request and is caught up in the hysteria.
- Deputy Governor Danforth
- (60s) The ‘head honcho’ of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at all the witch trials. Honest, scrupulous and fair-minded. Danforth is convinced that he is being guided by God and doing right in rooting out witchcraft.
- Judge Hathorne
- (40s – 50s) A judge who presides, along with Danforth, over the witch trials. Second in command, in need of better people skills.
- Giles Corey
- (81) An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits. Giles' wife, Martha, is accused of witchcraft, and his attempts to defend her back-fires. He is held in contempt of court and stands mute, so as not to subject any others to arrest.
- Martha Corey
- (72) Giles Corey’s third wife. Martha’s reading habits lead to her arrest and conviction for witchcraft.
- Rebecca Nurse
- (71) Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible, and upright woman, held in tremendous regard as a pillar of the Salem community. However, she falls victim to the hysteria when the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she refuses to confess, even though it means going to her death.
- Francis Nurse
- (74) A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife. He is a good man and a good husband who has the courage to stand up to the court to try and save his wife, Rebecca.
- Thomas Putnam
- (50) A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, he is greedy, selfish & petty. Putnam uses his daughter to accuse people of witchcraft whose property he covets, and once condemned, buys up their land and thus increases his own wealth.
- Ann Putnam
- (45) Thomas Putnam’s wife, she is sad and angry. 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
- (15) The Putnam’s’ 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.
- Betty Parris
- (10) 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.
- Mercy Lewis
- (18) Servant to the Putnams. One of the girls in Abigail’s group. She joins in condemning various villagers as witches.
- Susanna Walcott
- (15) Another one of the girls in Abigail’s group.
- Ezekiel Cheever
- (any age) The town tailor who acts as clerk of the court during the witch trials. He is upright, obedient and determined to do his duty for justice.
- Marshal Herrick, Marshal Willard & Deputy Hopkins
- (any ages) Just average guys doing their jobs in Salem. Unfortunately they aid & abet the execution of innocent victims. (These three actors will be Assistant Stage Managers)
- Sarah Good
- (58) A mentally unstable homeless lady of Salem, accused of witchcraft by Abigail.
The older characters can have English, Irish, or Scottish accents, as they may have been born & raised in those countries.
Please note that Tituba & the young girls will perform a prologue, dancing in the forest, which is mentioned in the show. Those auditioning for the role of Mercy Lewis will also need to undress down to a body stocking for the performances.
Everyone in the show will assist with set and prop changes as needed.
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