PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
11 Men and 1 Woman
Monday and Tuesday, May 8 & 9 at 7:30PM
Production Dates: July 14 - 30
The 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). This wildly theatrical play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees (Of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY fame) and Alex Timbers (BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON). A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by an evil king. 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. The actors should
be able to move well. The play will involve crawling and climbing and will be extremely physical. We will teach a small section of a song for the audition. Be prepared for a unique and inventive audition, as we are looking for actors who collaborate well and think on their feet to help us create this story.
BLACK STACHE, Age: 30 to 50, A notorious pirate, terrorizing the seven seas in search of a worthy adversary. Heartless, hirsute, and suspiciously well read. Partial to the poetical and theatrical, which causes him to behave quite flamboyantly.
BOY/PETER, Age: 18 to 25, A lonely and hardened orphan who doesn't miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. He wants a home and a family more than anything and dreams of a life of being free.
GREMPKIN, Age 30 to 50, The schoolmaster of St. Norbert's Orphanage for Lost Boys. Mean and malodorous, he revels in keeping his boys in the dark and malnourished. Optional Doublings include: FIGHTING PRAWN; MACK; SÁNCHEZ.
MRS. BUMBRAKE, 40 to 60, (played by a man) Molly's nanny, a stereotypical British cad and outfitted with the duty of teaching Molly about womanhood. She still has enough charm in her age to attract a sailor or two. Optional Doubling as TEACHER.
BILL SLANK, Age: 35 to 55, The vicious orphaned captain of the Neverland. Does not possess the capacity to lead anyone but himself, which puts himself constantly in disaster. Greedy enough to send boys to their doom for the chance of gaining starstuff. Optional Doubling as HAWKING CLAM.
SMEE, Age: 25 to 55, Black Stache's first mate. He is single-mindedly dedicated to his captain's every whim.
PRENTISS, Age 18 to 25, An orphan, ambitious, hyper articulate, and logical. He yearns to be leader, even when he knows in his heart that he'll never be one. A bit of a blowhard with a touch of cowardice.
ALF, Age 40 to 60, A seafarer, an old sea dog proud of his tenure. His kind heart gives him an appeal to the feminine sensibility.
LORD LEONARD ASTER, Age 40 to 60, Molly's father, a loyal subject to the Queen. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher.
CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT, Age 35 to 45, Lord Aster's old school friend, the captain of the Wasp, Britain's fastest frigate. Lives with nautical bravura and heroic patriotism.
TED, Age: 18 to 25, An orphan obsessed with food. A natural performer with easy wit and quite poetic language.
In addition to their primary roles, the actors will also play: Sailors; Seamen; Seafarers; Orphans; Pirates; Mermaids; Mollusks; Narrators
MOLLY ASTER, Age 18 to 25, A young girl and Starcatcher apprentice who is taken aboard the Neverland as precious cargo. Curious and intelligent, she is only beginning to understand the confusing romantic longings that come with her age. She will risk anything for the sake of what is right.