AUDITIONS FOR PETER AND THE STARCATCHER WILL BE HELD AT THE REILLY ARTS CENTER APRIL 16TH AND 17TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AUDITIONS, PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND READ OVER THE COMPREHENSIVE AUDITION PACKET!
- Dates: April 16 & 17 at 7pm
- Location: Reilly Arts Center – 500 NE 9th St.
- Call Backs: April 19 at 7pm by director invitation only.
- Those chosen will receive a stipend per performance.
- Directed by Chad Taylor
- Music Direction by Matthew Wardell
- Choreography by Megan Whittaker
ABOUT THE PLAY
Peter and the Starcatcher provides a hilarious and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. In this wickedly imaginative play, we meet a poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly. The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, our heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond.
While the description may seem simplistic, it is a tale for adults and children alike. The story is told in an almost “vaudeville” fashion with minimal set pieces and props leaving the audience’s imagination to fill in the blanks and full immerse themselves into the story.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- When you first arrive you will fill out an audition form (if you haven’t already) and get your picture taken.
- Once everyone has arrived we will discuss the show and then assign sides. Samples of sides are located in the AUDITION PACKET.
- Once sides are assigned we will do some cold readings and group work.
- We will then work through some basic stage movements to get an idea of where you are from that perspective. PLEASE DRESS TO MOVE!
- We may ask you to sing 16 bars of a sea shanty that we will provide music for on our website in advance. This is just to get an idea of your vocal range.
- Rehearsals will run April 23rd – May 31st
- Tech week begins: May 27th and Dress Rehearsals: May 29th – May 31st
- All actors will only be allowed to miss one rehearsal with prior permission by director. A tentative rehearsal calendar is located on page 19 of the AUDITION PACKET.
- Friday, June 1st @ 7:30 PM
- Saturday, June 2nd @ 7:30 PM
- Sunday, June 3rd @ 3:00 PM
- Call times for actors are one hour and fifteen minutes before show time.
The cast is made up of a troupe of actors ages late teens to late middle age. We are asking that those who audition for this show are at least 17 years of age.
Traditionally the cast is eleven men and one woman but the director is flexible to gender-bending the casting as long as those who audition are the best for the role. We are also open to all races, sizes, and experience levels and try to have as much diversity as we possibly can in each cast. If you have questions throughout the process, please let us know!
BOY/PETER: A nameless and friendless 13-year-old Orphan, deeply mistrustful of adults and neglected to the point of never having seen the sun. His adventures allow him to find the hero within himself, and to take on a name worthy of the legend he becomes.
MOLLY ASTER: A 13-year-old apprentice Starcatcher desperate to prove herself to her father. Highly intelligent and physically adept, she remains socially awkward and something of a know-it-all, and her relationship with the Orphan Boys is driven as much by competition as it is by friendship.
BLACK STACHE: A highly intelligent but malapropism-prone Pirate chief, so called due to the black mustache that is a trademark in his family. In search of a great hero who he can oppose to become a great villain, Stache is given to scenery-chewing and anachronistic jokes, and has a hook in his future. The name “Black Stache” is a reference to the pirate Blackbeard.
SMEE: Black Stache’s faithful first mate. More intelligent than he gives himself credit for (but still not overly bright), Smee is willing to follow his captain in any amount of hare-brained schemes. Somehow, this ends up with him disguising himself as a Mermaid, which is far from a pretty sight.
LORD LEONARD ASTER: Molly’s father, A Starcatcher on a secret mission for Queen Victoria. He loves his daughter dearly but is perhaps guilty of placing his mission above her safety. Constantly paranoid about the security of top-secret conversation, he has trained Molly to converse in Dodo, Porpoise and Norse code (a Morse code-like system used by ancient Vikings.)
TED: One of the Boy’s orphan companions, nicknamed “Tubby Ted.” Constantly hungry, he is obsessed with food and faints at the mere mention of sticky pudding. He accepts Molly as a mother figure immediately, often referring to her by that title. Once on the Island, he spends most of his time attempting to figure out how to eat a pineapple.
PRENTISS: One of the Boy’s orphan companions. Pompous and sarcastic, he is intent on proclaiming himself the leader of the gang of Orphans but is too cowardly to really do anything about it, and usually follows Peter and Molly with only nominal protest.
MRS. BUMBRAKE: Molly’s faithful Nanny, a prim and proper Englishwoman prone to alliteration. In the tradition of the Pantomime dame, the role is written to be portrayed by a male actor, who also plays Teacher a wise and mysterious mermaid.
ALF: A salty and flatulent sailor on the Neverland, who falls deeply and instantly in love with Mrs. Bumbrake. He is somewhat coarse and has no time for children, but good-natured.
FIGHTING PRAWN: The fierce chief of the tribe of Mollusk Islanders, who was sold into slavery in England as a boy, where he became a kitchen slave in a fine house. He speaks almost exclusively in Italian cooking terms. The actor in this role also portrays Grempkin, the sadistic schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys, Sanchez, one of Black Stache’s crew, and Mack, the world’s most incompetent Sailor.
BILL SLANK: The nasty, greedy and cruel captain of the Neverland. It is Slank’s greed for the Queen’s secret treasure sets the entire plot in motion. The actor in the role also portrays Hawking Clam, Fighting Prawn’s son.
CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT: Captain of the Wasp, and Lord Astor’s old friend from their schooldays. Based loosely on the real Robert Falcon Scott.
The ensemble cast also portrays narrators, mermaids, pirates, sailors, islanders and various other creatures, locations and people throughout the show.
Actors should come prepared to do cold readings/readings from script sides provided.
Come prepared and dressed to move and dance. We will also be doing some group singing, with the possibility of some individual singing. Music will be provided. (Actors do NOT need to prepare an audition song for this show.)