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Pioneer Theatre Company is a fully professional theatre company in residence, acting under a LORT-B contract with Actors’ Equity Association.

Working for PTC is a full-time commitment, and auditioners must be available all day, everyday for the rehearsal and production periods of a show. The production run includes two matinee performances per week.

Rehearsal times are decided on the first day of most rehearsal periods, but usually run from 7 to 9 hours, including a meal break.

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THE CRUCIBLE

WHAT:

Pioneer Theatre Company Auditions

"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller

Each audition slot is five minutes. All auditioners will be asked to read from the script; sides will be available at audition sign-up. 

 

WHEN:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM is reserved for AEA only; 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM is open to both AEA and non-AEA auditioners.   

 

Callbacks will be on Saturday, November 1, by invitation only.   

 

WHO:

Auditioners must be 18 years or older. A headshot and résumé are recommended.  

 

HOW:

All auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted on Friday, October 24, 2014.

MORE INFO:
Rehearsal dates for the production are Monday, January 19, 2015 - Thursday, February 12, 2015. Performance dates are Friday, February 13 - Saturday, February 28, 2015. Former PTC Artistic Director Charles Morey will direct the production.

 

ROLES:  

All roles listed are currently available.

 

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

Reverend Parris: 40's. Dried up and bitter. Always the victim, almost to the point of paranoia. Ultimately a stupid, fearful, cowardly and spiteful man.

 

John Proctor: Mid 30's. New England farmer. Powerful man both physically and emotionally. Even tempered and not easily lead. Very straightforward and fundamentally honest man. Must have real strength and presence. He carries the play.

 

Tituba: 30's / 40's. Black female servant from Barbados. Caribbean dialect. Has great warmth and strength. But quite naive and easily swayed - ultimately pushed over the edge into madness.

 

Abigail Williams: 17. Very attractive and sexy. "A strikingly beautiful girl" in Miller's words with "an endless capacity for deception." Capable of great emotional fireworks. Will do anything to serve her own ends. Probably a sociopath.

 

Susanna Walcott: 16-17 "a nervous hurried girl."

 

Ann Putnam: 40's. "A twisted soul of 45, a death ridden woman, haunted by dreams." Small minded and hard.

 

Thomas Putnam: 40's- 50's. "A well to do, hard-handed land owner." Venal, small minded, bitter and vindictive.

 

Mercy Lewis: 16-17. The Putnam's servant. "A sly, merciless girl." Sarcastic. A 17th century "Mean Girl".

 

Mary Warren: 17. Somewhat plain. A subservient, naive, lonely girl. Pliant and scared.

 

Betty Parris: 17. Rev. Parris' daughter. In the throes of a borderline psychotic adolescent hysteria. A deeply troubled girl.

 

Giles Corey: Late 70's, early 80's. Farmer. A small man physically, wiry, still powerful, canny, inquisitive, argumentative, strong willed.

 

Reverend Hale: Late 30's - early 40's. Intelligent, committed. Intellectual. Takes great pride in his knowledge and scholarship of the occult world. Initially convinced of the righteousness of his position, but not closed-minded. Ultimately a good man who follows his conscience and is appalled and broken by the events of the play.

 

Elizabeth Proctor: Early to mid-thirties. Solid farm wife. Attractive, but not beautiful. Reserved and somewhat cold - but with reserves of warmth, great strength and real emotional depth.

 

Francis Nurse: 70's-80's. Honest, straightforward, good man. Appalled, bewildered and frightened by events.

 

Ezekial Cheever: 40's. Clerk of the Court. Not a bad man. Simply trying to do his duty honestly as instructed but not without empathy. Not particularly bright.

 

John Willard: The Marshall. Good natured. Follows orders. Perhaps a weakness for drink, amplified by the darkness of the times.

 

Governor Danforth: 50's/60's. Intelligent. Imposing presence. Strong. Arthur Miller: "A grave man of some humor and sophistication that does not, however, interfere with an unflagging loyalty to his position and cause."

 

Judge Hathorne: 50's/60's. A bitter, remorseless Salem Judge. Utterly convinced of his own righteousness.

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NYC Auditions:

Required LORT Equity Principal Auditions are held annually in New York and once every three years in Los Angeles and are scheduled through and announced by Actors' Equity Association. Required Equity Chorus Calls are held in New York City for Chorus musicals and are scheduled through and announced by Actors' Equity Association.

Principal auditions in New York are by appointment only and are scheduled through Pioneer Theatre Company's New York Casting Director, Rich Cole Casting.

Breakdowns for each production are sent to, and submissions accepted from, Equity franchised agents.

 

 

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~
Kenneth Haigh