Scout Finch: Female 10+, a young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life. Scout is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she'll ask it.
Jem Finch: Male 12-15, he is a few years older than his sister Scout, and like his sister - perhaps even more than his sister - he's reaching out to understand their unusual and thus not conventionally admirable father. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate with his father.
Charles Baker Harris (Dill): Male 12-15, small, blond and wise beyond his years, he is about the same age as Jem. Dill is neater and better dressed than his friends. There's an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy.
Atticus Finch: Male 40-60, he's tall, quietly impressive, reserved, civilized and nearly fifty. He wears glasses and because of the poor sight in his left eye, looks with his right eye when he wants to see something well.
Calpurnia: Black Female 30-60, proud and capable, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. She's a self-educated woman and she's made quite a good job of it. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising.
Maudie Atkinson: Female 40-50, younger than Atticus, but of his generation, she's a lovely sensitive woman. Though belonging to the time and place of this play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of the South and that period.
Walter Cunningham: Male 40-60, a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being. He also has seeds of leadership for when his attitude is changed during the confrontation with Atticus, he takes the others with him.
Rev Sykes: Black Male 30-50, the minister of the First Purchase Church, called that because it was paid for with the first money earned by freed slaves. He's an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong "minister's" voice.
Heck Tate: Male 30-60, the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforced the law without favor. The key to this man's actual feelings is revealed in his final speeches to Atticus, and this attitude should be an undercurrent to his earlier actions.
Stephanie Crawford: Female 30-50, she's a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt. There's an enthusiasm in her talking over the people of her town that makes it almost humorous. Sometimes she says things that are petty, but partly it's because she simply can't keep herself from stirring things up.
Boo Radley: Male 40-50, he is a pale recluse who hasn't been outside his house in fifteen years. It takes an extraordinary emergency to bring him out, and once out he's uncertain about how to deal with people, and with his mission accomplished, he's eager to return to his sanctuary.
Mrs Dubose: Female 50+, she's an old woman - ill, walking with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter and angry. However, she's fighting a secret battle within herself, a battle about which few people are aware and her existence has in it a point of importance for Jem and Scout.
Tom Robinson: Black Male 17+, handsome and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. He's married to Helen and they have young children. He faces up to a false charge with quiet dignity. There's an undercurrent of kindness, sensitivity and consideration.
Judge Taylor: Male 50+, the judge is a wintry man of the South, who does what he can within the context of the time to see justice done in his court. While he tried to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom.
Mr Gilmer: Male 30+, he's a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful, and yet under all this, he too has unexpressed doubts as to Tom's guilt, and his heart isn't really in this conviction. Still, he goes after it, and it's a hard thing.
Bob Ewell: Male 40+, father of Mayella, a little bantam-cock of a man who lives with his large family by the town dump. As Harper Lee describes their situation - "The town gave them Christmas baskets, welfare money and the back of their hand.
Mayella Ewell: Female 18+, she's a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship - any companionship - has overwhelmed every other emotion. However, when her effort to reach out explodes in her face, she fights just as desperately for what she thinks is survival.