Peter and the Starcatcher Auditions @ Players Guild of Dearborn, Detroit [from 14 to 15 January]

Peter and the Starcatcher Auditions


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14 - 15
January
18:30 - 21:30

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Players Guild of Dearborn
21730 Madison St, Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Auditions will be held at the Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison, Dearborn, Michigan 48124.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Registration closes at 7:30 p.m.

You must be registered to audition.

It is highly recommended to complete the audition form and conflict calendar before arriving (available through website link). Please list all actual and all possible conflicts.

THE PLAY
An ensemble of actors enters a bare stage and addresses the audience. With a bit of bickering, they welcome us to the world of the play and tell us what’s in store: flying, dreaming, adventure and growing up. Before our eyes, they begin to tell the story behind a story we know so well: 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 turns into a thrilling adventure. And, before our eyes, one miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up — the one and only Peter Pan.

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.

PERFORMANCE DATES: March 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24, 2019
Produced in Cooperation with Music Theatre International

THE CAST

THE ORPHANS
BOY (PETER): (M) Playing age 13–15. A boy who doesn’t miss much. Nameless, homeless and friendless at the start; a hero by the end. A survivor. More than anything in the world he wants a home and a family. This is not the Peter Pan we know yet — he is not full of bravado. Not yet.

PRENTISS: (M/F) Playing age 13–15. Ambitious, hyper-articulate and logical, he wants to be a leader, even though he knows in his heart he won’t be. A bit of a blowhard with just enough cowardice.

TED: (M/F) Playing age 13–15. Obsessed with food — the eating of, the fighting over, the dreaming about. A natural actor, an easy wit. His good nature lets him see things others might miss.

THE BRITISH SUBJECTS
LORD LEONARD ASTER: (M) Playing age 40s and up. A model Victorian English gentleman, loyal to the Queen, devoted father, faithful friend. He is also a Starcatcher, dedicated to protecting the Earth from the power of starstuff. Noble in heart, mind and spirit.

MOLLY ASTER: (F) Playing age 13–15. A true leader at a time when girls are only followers. She will risk everything for the sake of doing what’s right. Curious, intelligent, still susceptible to tantrums, beginning to feel things she doesn’t understand — because she is only about to enter her teens.

MRS. BUMBRAKE: (M) Playing age 40s and up. Molly’s nanny. British to the bone. She still has enough of her girlish charm to turn a sailor’s head. “Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship,” as the script describes her. And yes, this character is played by a man. The actor playing Mrs. Bumbrake will also play Teacher.

CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT: (M/F) Playing age 30s and up. Playing age 30s and up. Captain of the Wasp, Britain’s fastest ship. A dedicated seaman and stout friend to Lord Aster.

GREMPKIN: (M/F) Playing age 30s and up. The mean schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys. He likes to keep his boys in the dark, in every sense of the phrase. There’s not much good one can say about him. The actor playing Grempkin will also play Fighting Prawn, Mack and Sanchez.

THE SEAFARERS

BILL SLANK: (M/F) Playing age 30s and up. The Neverland’s vicious captain, without the skill or quality to lead anyone but himself, and always into disaster. Greedy, rough, tough but inept. He’s an orphan too. The actor playing Bill Slank will also play Hawking Clam.

ALF: (M) Playing age 40s and up. An old sea dog with a bit of a paunch. He may seem tough, but beneath all that gruff is a kind heart. And he has a way with the ladies.

MACK: (M/F) Any age. An inept sailor who wants to be anywhere but working for Bill Slank. The actor playing Mack will also play Grempkin, Fighting Prawn and Sanchez.

BLACK STACHE: (M) Playing age 30s and up. One of the last of the pirates, in search of a hero worthy of his villainy. He is partial to the poetical and theatrical, but has his dangerous side. He’s a bad little kid who grew up to be a bad little kid. He, too, is not quite yet the nefarious captain we know — he has two hands.

SMEE: (M/F) Playing age 40s and up. First mate to Black Stache. Single-mindedly dedicated to his captain’s every whim. A bit of a bungler who enjoys his job.

SANCHEZ: (M/F) Any age. A hardworking Spanish pirate who never gets the recognition he deserves.The actor playing Sanchez will also play Grempkin, Fighting Prawn and Mack.

THE NATIVES

FIGHTING PRAWN: (M/F) Playing age 40s and up. King of the Mollusks, a group of island natives. He was once kidnapped by British sailors served as sous-chef in an English country estate. There, he mastered Italian wine and cuisine. He has since returned to his kingdom and murders any English who step foot on his soil. The actor playing Fighting Prawn will also play Grempkin, Mack and Sanchez.

HAWKING CLAM: (M/F) Playing age 20s and up. Son of Fighting Prawn, ready and willing to follow in his father’s footsteps. The actor playing Hawking Clam will also play Bill Slank.

TEACHER: (M) Any age, but probably much older than she looks. Formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. The actor playing Teacher will also play Mrs. Bumbrake.

From the Director, Brian Townsend:

Casting
I am open to gender-blind casting for some of the roles — in the list below, you’ll see (M/F) next to that character’s name. There are some, however, that will work best as written — you’ll see (M) or (F) by these characters. What is important, In any role, is the ability to create a character and to be true to that character. So men, you may play women; women, you may play men.

With a cast size of only 12 actors, please note that every actor in this show will play multiple parts — from narrators to British subjects to pirates to mermaids to island natives and back again. Also, the production will be physical — running, jumping, quick changes, swordplay (of a sort), acting as a piece of scenery, supporting another actor in some manner — just a heads up.

The playing ages are just that — the ability to play that age of character. Please note that while the roles of Molly, Boy/Peter, Prentiss and Ted are children, they are not played by children. The casting age range for this show is 18 and up.

Accents
All actors must be able to do a British accent. Sailors and the help are cockney. Lords, ladies and captains are proper. Pirates may be a rough mix of both. Island natives, believe it or not, have an Italian flair. However, whenever serving as a narrator in the show, the actor’s own voice is used (no accents there, please.)

And there’s music, right?
Yes, this is a play with music — there are songs and lots of underscoring within the show. While you will not need to sing one of the numbers for your audition, you will be asked to sing in your true voice and in character. It is recommended you are comfortable with “Happy Birthday” or “The Star Spangled Banner” for the auditions.
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