7 men / 4 women
Additional Ensemble Optional
… EMILY’S MOTHER. Warm and loving. 30s – 40s. Soprano. B3 – E5
… DR. MARTIN, a strict, serious and severe lady scientist. 40s - 50s. Alto or Mezzo with strong belt. A3 – D5.
… EMILY, bold, gutsy and enthusiastic, but gullible. Around 9 or 10 years old. May be played by an adult. Alto/Mezzo. G3 – E4
… BETH, A well-to-do and somewhat snobby young girl. 6 - 10. Can be played by an adult. Any voice type. G3 – Bb4.
… WILLIAM “STUB” NEWELL, a farmer turned showman. Fast-talking, charming, friendly, but devious, 35 – 45. Baritone or tenor with good low range. A2 – E4.
… P.T. BARNUM, the circus impresario. Larger than life, self-confidant and energetically conniving. Around 60. Baritenor or tenor with good low range. A2 – G4.
… THE CARDIFF GIANT, a giant stone figure of a man. British. Dapper. Tall. Warm and loveable. 30 – 60. Tenor with low range, or baritone. G2 – F4.
… DR. BOYNTON, a lecturer on geology. A sheltered academic. 30 - 60. Any voice type. G#2 - Bb3.
… ANNOUNCER/REPORTER, Energetic, bombastic, 20s - 40s. Any voice part.
… REVEREND TURK, an evangelical preacher. 30s to 50s. Baritone with strong voice preferred. C#3 – D4.
… CARL FRANZ OTTO, a sculptor. Self-righteous, but can be bought for the right price. German. 20s to 50s. Any voice part.
… BARNUM’S GIANT (Shadow, non-speaking). Tall. Any age.
… MEAN GIANT (Shadow). Tall. Any voice part.
… JUDGE. Serious and stern. 40s - 60s. Any voice part.
… JOHN, BETH’s even snobbier and sometimes bratty older brother. 8 - 13. Can be played by an adult. Any voice type. G2 – Bb3.
… NEWSBOY. Any voice part.
… JACK (Shadow, non-speaking.). Shorter. Any voice part.
ENSEMBLE: Various circus acts/Crowd/Jury
play misc. roles and shadows throughout.
Different doublings are possible at the discretion of the director. All roles can be played by actors of any ethnicity.