The famous impresario. Shrewd, energetic, affable, with a keen appreciation of business and pleasure. 40’s.
A. J. CAPRON
A Rochester gentleman in his mid-30’s. Smitten with and slightly afraid of Leah.
A young, one-handed sailor whose life was saved by Kane: hence, his grateful and devoted follower.
Maggie’s adoring kid sister.
Maggie’s shrewish older sister. Ruthless, opportunistic, resourceful - a female Barnum.
MAGGIE FOX (Margaretta)
A modest country girl who is convinced that she is “no one special” until she is chosen by the spirits. Then, a strong woman dedicated to a life and cause beyond the social conventions of her time.
The girls’ father. A worn-out dirt farmer, old before his time.
His wife, who has bequeathed some of her bitchiness to Leah. Fed up with poverty.
Malodorous but loveable old drunk. Hydesville clown.
The most eligible of the Hydesville bumpkin bachelors.
Kane’s closest friend and confidante; a snobbish young gentleman of Philadelphia.
Katie’s husband, handsome and refined.
Lead character. Moneyed, sophisticated, educated, he has explored the Arctic but not his own heart.
MR. and MRS. KANE
His upper-crust parents.
An aggressive opponent of Spiritualism
The aristocratic wife of the ill-fated explorer.
Barnum’s prize, an opera singer whom he bills as “The Swedissh Nightingale”.
OLD GENT of NEW YORK
Refined and well-spoken; the voice of reason.
Irish and burly.
MRS. AMY POST
Ancestor of Emily; the most formidable and sought-after hostess of New York society.
MINISTER of HYDESVILLE
Bible-thumping purveyor of blood and thunder.
Seething sexuality beneath a bland exterior. Lolita in nineteenth-century hick town.
A 10-ear old who hated taking piano lessons from Leah.
Ichabod Crane-like schoolmaster of Hydesville.
SECRETARY TO BARNUM
Prim and pretty.
Ringleader of Hydesville youths.
PLUS: townspeople, séance sitters, revelers at Hotel gala, et cetera.