HESTER PRYNNE (Lyric)
Mid-20s - intensely passionate behind a marble fašade, she is strong-willed, hardworking and deeply devoted to those she loves. She is a seamstress in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, in Boston. As punishment for adultery, she must wear a scarlet letter "A" on her garments for life. She is the mother of Pearl and also, secretly, both the wife of Roger and the lover of Dimmesdale.
REV. ARTHUR DIMMESDALE (Tenor - to B)
Late 20s/Early 30s - young, pious, and passionate for ministry, he is consumed both by guilt for his passion and by love for his illegitimate child. He is the highly-respected minister of the colony and a brilliant orator.
ROGER CHILLINGWORTH (Baritone - belt to F#)
Mid-Late 50s - older and mysterious, dark and "misshapen," he is a brilliant alchemist-turned-physician with a passion for scientific truth. Arriving in the colony on the morning of Hester's sentencing, he brokers a terrible pact with her to keep their marriage secret. Roger dedicates his life in the colony to discovering her lover and exacting revenge.
PEARL (Soprano/Child - to high F)
7 years old - active, precocious, and intuitive, she is the spirited daughter of Hester and Dimmesdale. Often described as an elf-child, she is at one with nature and the passions of the wild, drawing on her instincts to perceive the inner truths within those around her.
MISTRESS HIBBINS (Alto with strong belt)
Mid-Late 30s - uninhibited and outspoken, she is described by all as a witch. Seemingly in many places at once, she
has an innate sense of human nature, quickly discerning the other characters' emotions and secrets. She throws into relief the hypocrisy and excessive piety of the townspeople and, at times, may even be seen to progress the plot. She is Bellingham's sister.
GOVERNOR WINTHROP (Baritone)
Late 50s/Early 60s - highly respected, charismatic, popular Governor of the colony. In history, he delivered the iconic "City Upon a Hill" speech aboard the ship Arabella in 1630; that speech, a vision of an ideal colony that serves as a model for the world, united the colonists then and has been used by American leaders for inspiration ever since. As the story unfolds, his health fails rapidly.
GOVERNOR BELLINGHAM (Baritone/Tenor - belt to high G)
Early 40s - eager and affable, he is an elder of the colony and heir apparent to Winthrop. He is heavily swayed by the counsel of others and is sensitive to public opinion.
REV. WILSON (Baritone/Tenor)
Mid-Late 50s - first minister of the colony, he is a mentor to Dimmesdale and counselor to the Governor. Precursor to famous minister Jonathan Edwards, he takes a formal, legalistic approach to town events.
TOWNSPEOPLE (Mixed SATB Chorus)
Varying ages/personalities - generally hardworking, pious Puritan colonists. They suffer greatly from agonizing work, hunger, extreme temperatures, and other hardships, but they are consistently told to believe that the founding of a great new colony is in their destiny. If they are to become a "city upon a hill," they must continue to work hard and must remain "knit together in the bonds of brotherly affection."
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