Agatha "Aggie" Ferrigan
As the oldest of nine children, with mostly absent alcoholic parents, Aggie is overwhelmed with her household responsibilities. Often strung-out, she uses her friends and romantic interests as an escape from her home life. Unfortunately she often associates with unsavory individuals, much to the chagrin of her friends, like Clarabelle.
Clarabelle "Cal" Galen
Friendly, cheerful, and welcoming are three words that describe Clarabelle well. She prides herself on her hospitality, coming from a wealthy family whose generosity has made them a prominent fixture in the community. Family is important to Clarabelle, who holds her parents in high esteem.
Joseph is an extroverted and gregarious young man who enjoys being the center of attention, managing his position there with ease. A childhood injury that severely damaged his legs left him much shorter than his peers and requires that he use a cane. He doesn't care for people who try to treat him delicately because of his condition and will directly tell them so.
Ulysses "Uly" Harper
Ulysses is a gentle soul who occasionally succumbs to bizarre worries (such as whether his parents are renting his bed to the homeless while he's abroad). He is pleasant and generally well-liked, though a bit timid and self-doubting. Uly is most comfortable when being productive, and as such figured joining the army would be a promising life decision.
Anthony "Tony" Marconi
Pleasant, clever, and agreeable, Tony thrives on the company of his friends. He currently works at the local movie theater, The Rhinestone, so that he can watch and rewatch the matches of his favorite boxer, George "The Ripper" Ripton.
Edward "Eddie" Schuyler
Eddie stands head and shoulders over most people, but would rather blend in to the point of invisibility than stick out as he often does. A stressful family life and speech impediment contribute to Eddie's insecurities, and may be the cause of most of them.
Marie likes to believe she doesn't care what other people think of her, but this is clearly untrue. A strange individual, she often uses her idiosyncratic behavior as a means of getting attention, and is known to pester people until she gets her way.
Cecilia comes from the wealthiest family in Wallwater, but has a peculiar habit of being modest about her fortune. She feels more at home with her less affluent friends than she does with other members of her social class, a tendency that frustrates her father.
Leon works with Tony at the Rhinestone and enjoys hanging out with the guys. He often plays plays the voice of reason when others get too introspective.First appearance
A sweet and polite young lady, Pearl was the lead actress in Wallwater Electric High School's production of "The Follies of Missus Wentworth."First appearance
The often talked-about but rarely seen Kelly Madison went on a few dates with Clarabelle toward the end of the summer before their senior year in high school. The breakup was disastrous for Clarabelle, who even months later could not quite bring herself to let him go.First appearance
Gerald "Gerry" O'Toole
Gerry is Pearl's best friend and played the part opposite her in The Folllies of Missus Wentworth. His cultured and sophisticated air is intimidating to some.First appearance
The Boys in the Barracks
Uly's war buddies, serving with him abroad. They joke about his "pretend girlfriend" back home, a girl he liked in high school but never spoke to.First appearance
Frank is Uly’s childhood best friend. The two ran a lawn care business for a few summers before they parted ways, as Uly went to high school and Frank worked to support his family.First appearance
Dr. and Mrs. Galen
Dr. and Mrs. Galen are Clarabelle's parents. They are very indulgent to and supportive of her. It was Dr. Galen who performed the surgeries on Joseph's legs following his accident. The two are jovial people who enjoy spreading cheer in the community.First appearance
Mrs. Harper is a kind-hearted woman, and the mother of Ulysses and Joseph. Frank had a crush on her as a youth.First appearance
Mr. Harper is Ulysses and Joseph's father. A hard-working but playful man, he is constantly encouraging his boys to do their best.First appearance
Mrs. Schuyler is Eddie's mother. She does not approve of his friendships with Joseph and Tony as she percieves them to be troublemakers. She also doesn't support Eddie's piano playing, feeling that it is just one more thing to distract him from his studies.First appearance
Mr. Butler is Wallwater Electric High School's long-suffering drama teacher.First appearance
Oliver is one of Marie's six brothers. He loves his sister, but is often weary of her antics.First appearance
Elsie is the oldest of Aggie's younger siblings and as such, stands to inherit the household duties when Aggie leaves. While Aggie was allowed to continue with school, Elsie had to leave school in order to work, and takes on whatever jobs she can find.First appearance
George Ripton is a midweight boxer and is Tony's idol. His rags-to-riches life story has been inspirational to many.First appearance