AUDITIONS FOR PETER AND THE STARCATCHER ANNOUNCED
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER – APRIL 20 - MAY6, 2017
Directed by Nancy and Rod Rich with Musical Direction by Darylene Hecht
Monday, February 5, 2017 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00pm
LOCATION: NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh NC 27615 919-866-0228
All roles are open. The play is performed by a cast of 12-14 actors. The play includes musical numbers. Auditions will consist of reading from the sides (available for download by the week before auditions at nract.org), learning a song, and some improvisation and movement exercises. Come dressed to move and dance. We will 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. You only need to attend one night of auditions, and be available for Saturday callbacks.
PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO AUDITION:
CALLBACKS: Saturday February 10 at 1:00pm
Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script, along with some additional musical vocalization for some roles.
· no auditionees under 18 years of age, please
· please arrive at the START of the audition so you hear all instructions and are able to learn the song and movement we will be teaching you
· let us know if you have any special talents, such as playing a musical instrument, stage combat or acrobatics
· if you are auditioning for a character with a dialect, please use that dialect in your audition
Rehearsals will be held weeknights and some weekend afternoons beginning February 15. The rehearsal schedule will be determined after casting, in order to accommodate for cast conflicts – we’d like to be able to meet around 5 times a week, but it’s a long rehearsal period, so we have a certain amount of flexibility. That said, no conflicts allowed starting on Tech Week, April 14-19. If you are unable to make the mandatory tech week rehearsals, we will be unable to cast you in this production.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher is the story of how a miserable orphan becomes The Boy Who Would (Could!) Not Grow Up (a.k.a. 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.
Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher employs a “storybook theatre” performance style that uses minimal props, set, and costumes to encourage the audience to use their imagination to bring the story to life.
Note: Regardless of the pronouns used in the character descriptions, we are open to gender-blind casting in all roles. Although vocal ranges are listed, you do not necessarily need to be an experienced singer to participate.
Peter: an anonymous loner with a hatred of adults. Ambitious, brave, and initially looked down on by his peers, this scrappy survivor becomes a true leader and discovers trust and the beginnings of love before becoming irrevocably stuck in a youthful, adventurous world--never growing old--and never knowing or understanding what it would have been like to become an adult.
Molly Aster: A young British girl who is hungry for adventure and out to prove that girls can do anything boys can do--and do it better; she is as passionate as she is fearless. Vocal range: mix/belt, A3-C#5. British dialect.
The Black Stache: although well-spoken with the flair of a showman, the Black Stache is a deadly villain who revels in the fear and suffering he inflicts; piracy is his personal mission, as is his eternal quest for a worthy nemesis--a hero who would be worthy of a challenge. Vocal range: up to F#4British dialect.
Prentiss: smart and well-spoken, and even though he is a bit older, he is not quite as brave or charismatic as Peter and therefore won’t ever be a leader to the boys, even though he yearns for it. Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor 2 up to F4.
Ted: despite his scrawny-orphan frame (???), his gastronomic obsession with food has earned him the nickname “Tubby”. The actor playing the role must have a strong and natural balance of dramatic and comedic timing, an easy way with humor without resorting to caricature. Vocal range: up to F#4
Lord Leonard Aster: a right-proper British gentleman composed of all the right stuff; a loyal, trustworthy man; the perfect man to be a Starcatcher, protecting the planet from incredible forces about to encroach upon us. British dialect.
Mrs. Bumbrake: (traditionally played by a male); lovably brash and bold British nanny with a big heart; a character with character, hard-scrabble and charmingly no-nonsense, but still knows how to turn on the flirt when the time is right. This actor may double as Teacher, a sage in mermaid form. Vocal range: B2-F#4, or potential falsetto to E5 if possible. British & Scottish dialects.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott: the epitome of an adventurer, this athletic soul commands the Wasp, the swiftest ship in Queen Victoria’s navy. The actor should have good body strength and able to lift people comfortably; Baritone/tenor 2 up to F#4. British dialect.
Grempkin/Fighting Prawn: Grempkin is the dark and oppressive headmaster at the orphanage, where the lost boys live. The actor also plays Mack, a repressed and untalented sailor, as well as Fighting Prawn, King of Mollusks, fierce protector of his Mollusk Isle homeland, with a disdain for England. Bass/baritone. British and Tropical dialects.
Smee: dedicated first-mate to the Black Stache; strong obligation to duty and eagerness to serve; he is not the smartest guy on the crew, but is always the quickest to respond. Strong singer, tenor 2 up to F4. Ability to play the ukulele a big plus. British dialect.
Bill Slank: a dark and frightening man who knows no loyalties to anyone but himself. His moral compass points only to himself and he would double-cross anyone to get what he wants. This actor also doubles as Hawking Clam, the son of Fighting Prawn. Bass baritone. British and Tropical dialects.
Alf: a rough-around-the-edges working-class sailor who imagines himself a hero in shining armor; though his physical appearance is oaf-ish and unkempt, he has an inner charm and a kind, romantic heart. Blue-collar English dialect. Vocal range: up to F#4.
Greggors/percussion assistant: a posh sailor of the British fleet will assist with percussion and sound effects.
The ensemble cast also plays narrators, mermaids, pirates, sailors, islanders and various other creatures, as well as props, wall, doors, and anything else needed to create the world of the play.