Upcoming Actor Auditions

Peter and the Starcatcher

By Rick Elice
Directed by Alicia Dempster

AUDITIONS MONDAY AND TUESDAY, October 3rd and 4th FROM 7:00PM TO 9:30PM

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, containing a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl names Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes that the trunk's precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful 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 dubious dreams of world domination – the journey quickly becomes fraught with danger, threatening the lives of Molly and the boys.

Peter and the Starcatcher is a grownup's prequel to Peter Pan filled with magic and hilarity. It upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.

In this 5-time Tony Award winning play, ten brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.

Character Breakdown

THE ORPHANS

Boy (Peter)
Male, 18-25. 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 and a family. If he could grow up, he'd fall for Molly in a big way. But it'll never happen. Non-singing role.

Prentiss
Male, 18-25. 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 blow hard with just the teeny-tiniest touch of cowardice. Bari-tenor through F.

Ted
Male, 18-25. 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. Strong soloist, bari-tenor.

THE BRITISH SUBJECTS

Molly Aster
Female, 18-25. 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. Non-singing role.

Lord Leonard Aster
Male, 40+. 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. Bari-tenor through F.

THE SEAFARERS

Black Stache
Male, 30+. Long after everyone else got out of the pirate business, 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 twelve. Heartless and hirsute, suspiciously well read, partial to the poetical and theatrical, and given to a ferocity from which no good shall ever spring. Bari-tenor through G#.

Smee
Male, 25+. Dedicated first-mate to Black Stache. He is not the smartest guy on the crew, but is the quickest to respond to any orders that the captain issues. Vocal range: good singer, tenor to F.

Alf
Male, 50+. An old sea dog. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility-might be his bowlegs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart. Tenor to A.

MULTI-CAST ROLES

Mrs. Bumbrake / Teacher
Male, 40+. Mrs. Bumbrake is 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. The Teacher is formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. Non-singing role.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Male, 30+. 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 British hero, Scott of the Antarctic. Bari-tenor through F#.

Grempkin / Fighting Prawn / Mack / Sanchez
Male, 35+. Grempkin is 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. Fighting Prawn is the 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. Mack is a very bad sailor who wants to be anywhere but under the thumb of Bill Slank. Sanchez is a hardworking Spanish pirate with an identity crisis. Bari-bass.

Bill Slank / Hawking Clam / Orphan
Male, 35+. Bill Slank is 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. The Hawking Clam is Son of Fighting Prawn and Sweet'n'Sour Shrimp. One day, he will ascend the Clam throne as head of the Royal Clam Clan. He is also an orphan. Bari-bass.

For The Audition

Performers will be asked to:

  • Read sides from the script which will be available on this page soon.
  • Read with a British or upper-class affectation.
  • Prepare 16-32 bars of a song that shows your range and acting ability. An accompanist will be provided. (Non-singing roles need not prepare a vocal audition).

 

Please note, this is a play with music, so strong vocal ability is not as important as acting skills and ability to play multiple roles where required.