Peter and the Starcatcher

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Auditions
July 9 & 10, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Preview
September 6, 2018

Performances
September 7-9 & 14-16, 2018

Preview, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm • Sunday @ 2:30pm

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.



Audition Information

(11 Men, 1 Woman) Ages 18 and up
The director, Brian Artman, is looking to cast 11 men, of various ages and ethnicities, and 1 woman, who can portray a 13-year-old girl.
Those auditioning will be asked to complete an audition form, listing any casting preferences and rehearsal/performance conflicts, and read from selected scenes of the play.
While the actors in the cast will portray primary characters within the play (see Cast of Characters), the nature of the script requires all of the actors to also double as the various sailors, pirates, mermaids, natives, narrators, and scenery that bring this highly-creative and energetic production to life. Creativity, versatility, and confidence are critical.
While this production does include some musical elements, those auditioning will not be required to perform a vocal audition, but may be asked about their vocal experience and abilities.
 
Contact Brian Artman, [email protected] with any questions.
 
Cast of Characters
The Orphans
  • BOY (PETER): A boy who doesn’t miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. A survivor. More than anything in the world, he wants a home a family. If he could grow up, he’d fall for Molly in a big way. But it’ll never happen.
  • PRENTISS: Ambitious, hyper-articulate, logical; yearns to be a leader, even as he knows in his heart that he never shall be one. A bit of a blowhard with just the teeny-tiniest touch of cowardice.
  • TED: Obsessed with food: the eating of, the fighting over, the dreaming about. A natural actor, an easy wit, perhaps a future poet. Called “Tubby” by Prentiss, though not due to girth, of which orphans, given their meager diets, have very little indeed.
 
British Subjects
  • LORD LEONARD ASTER: The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, loyal subject to the Queen, devoted father, faithful friend. Also, and not irrelevant to our story, Lord Aster is a Starcatcher – dedicated to protecting the Earth and all who dwell thereon from the awesome power of starstuff.
  • MOLLY ASTER: A true leader at a time when girls are mostly followers. Will risk everything for the sake of Doing Right. Curious, intelligent, beginning to feel things she doesn’t yet understand – romantic longings that revert to childish tantrums under pressure – because, after all, she’s a thirteen-year-old kid. She’ll be a great woman one day.
  • MRS. BUMBRAKE: Molly’s nanny. British to the bone. Still has enough of her girlish charm to turn a sailor’s head and leaven his dreams. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship. (Played by a man. Doubles with Teacher)
  • CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT: Captain of Britain’s fastest frigate, the Wasp. Years later, he will lead an expeditionary team to the South Pole, freeze to death, and become the iconic hero, Scott of the Antarctic.
  • GREMPKIN: The mean and malodorous schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys. Likes to keep his boys in the dark, as sunlight is known to feed rebellious notions, and on account of the preference in certain quarters for lads that are white and pasty. (Doubles with Fighting Prawn, Mack, and Sanchez)
 
The Seafarers
  • BILL SLANK: The Neverland’s vicious captain, without the skill or quality to lead anyone but himself, and always into disaster. A greedy bastard who’d sell his own mother for a ship to command and send boys to their doom for the favor of those who would use starstuff for personal gain, global domination, or worse. An orphan, too. (Doubles with Hawking Clam)
  • ALF: An old sea dog. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility – might be his bow legs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart.
  • MACK: A very bad sailor who wants to be anywhere but under the thumb of Bill Slank. (Doubles with Grempkin, Fighting Prawn, and Sanchez)
  • BLACK STACHE: Long after everyone else got out of the pirate business, The Black Stache continues to terrorize the seven seas in search of a hero worthy of his villainy. Famous for his face foliage, he started shaving at age ten, had a bushy handlebar by eleven, and the blood of twenty crews on his hands by twenty. Heartless and hirsute, suspiciously well read, partial to the poetical and theatrical, and given to a ferocity from which no good shall ever spring.
  • SMEE: First mate to Black Stache. Single-mindedly dedicated to his captain’s every whim. His motto: “‘Tis good to be busy.”
  • SÁNCHEZ: A hard-working Spanish pirate with an identity crisis. (Doubles with Grempkin, Fighting Prawn, and Mack)
 
The Natives
  • FIGHTING PRAWN: King of the Mollusks, son of Jumbo Prawn and Littleneck Clam. Kidnapped by British sailors and brought in chains to England, he served as sous-chef in a country estate in Derbyshire, where, for no good reason, he learned Italian wines and mastered Italian cuisine. Since returning to his island kingdom, he vengefully murders any English with the temerity to land on his Mollusk Isle domain. (Doubles with Grempkin, Mack, and Sanchez)
  • HAWKING CLAM: Son of Fighting Prawn and Sweet’ n’ Sour Shrimp. One day, he will ascend the Clam throne as head of the Royal Clam Clan. (Doubles with Bill Slank)
  • TEACHER: Formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. (Played by a man. Doubles with Mrs. Bumbrake)

STAFF

Director – Brian Artman
Producer – John Lieder