Auditions for “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Weds, May 15th @ 7:00pm

Thurs, May 16th @ 7:00 pm

Sat, May 18th @ 12:00 pm

The Italian Club

1731 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

“The Neverland you never knew”

Directed by Amirah Mahmood
Produced by Tammy Modica

Rehearsal Dates:

May 25th – July 10th, 2019 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Rehearsals are Monday – Thursday evenings with possible 1-2 Saturday dates.

Rehearsal schedules will be given at the first read-through (May 25, 2019) and are subject to change. 

Cast is expected to begin learning lines, songs, etc. PRIOR to the first rehearsal.

Performance Dates: 

Thursday, July 11th @ 8:00pm
Friday, July 12th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, July 13th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, July 14th @ 2:00pm (Italian Club Benefit Performance)

No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening.

Strike is on Sunday, July 14th @ 5:00pm following the closing performance – All cast is required to attend and assist.

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Audition Requirements 

Please prepare TWO contrasting monologues; one-minute each. Monologues should be varying in style and portray the ability to change and embody different characters at will. Monologues showcasing the ability to do a British accent are welcome, though not required.

NOTE: Those auditioning for the roles of BLACK STACHE, MOLLY, SMEE and MRS. BUMBRAKE/ TEACHER must prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Vocal auditioners, please provide a track (CD, mp3, etc.) as there will not be an accompanist available. A cappella auditions will also be allowed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a “play with music” therefore, everyone in the cast will sing in sea shanties, fight songs, and other festive music. However, this does NOT mean you need to be a “singer,” only that you can sing in a group.

All roles are open to all sexes, races, and ethnic diversities! All actors will double in roles. A large number of characters have a very wide age range. MUSICAL (singing and instrument) and ACROBATIC ability a plus, though not required for all roles. The ability to play a ukulele, violin, viola, or harmonica is a plus for the characters TED and SMEE. ALL actors serve variously as sailors, seamen, orphans, pirates, mermaids, Mollusks, ships, doors, scenery, and narrators.

Call-Backs will be individually scheduled for Saturday, May 18th, or as needed.

All those auditioning are encouraged to provide a resume of their onstage experience. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Any conflicts with the posted schedule must be discussed with the Director before casting can be confirmed. “Open Call” auditions. No appointment necessary. Pay is cast profit-share of ticket sales.

Plot Summary

Peter and the Starcatcher provides a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. In this wickedly imaginative play, we meet a poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly. The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, our heroine, is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond.

For two-and-a-half hours, twelve actors make theatrical magic by playing dozens of characters: sailors, pirates, British naval officers, Mollusk natives and orphans in addition to eighteen major roles. The script is jam-packed with poetry, fart jokes, gentle lyricism, and numerous nods to pop culture, is a coming-of-age adventure story about how a nameless orphan — inspired by a remarkable and ambitious girl — became the strange and celebrated hero that is the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.

Character Breakdown

Male, Age: 16-25
Beginning as an anonymous loner, through the course of the story Peter evolves into a “rascal” of a hero: ambitious, brave, and the envy of his peers; more than that, this scrappy survivor becomes a true leader. The actor playing Peter must be genuinely earnest and sweet, while also heroic.

Female, Age: 16-25
Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano, range to C#
A young British girl and Starcatcher apprentice, desperate to prove herself to her father. While young women are being raised to be wives and mothers, Molly is hungry for adventure and is out to prove that girls can do anything boys can do–and do it better; she is as passionate as she is fearless, and pursues ambitions beyond her years and will risk anything for the sake of what is right.

Male, Age: 25-50
Vocal Range: Bari-Tenor to G#
A notorious and very flamboyant pirate, Black Stache terrorizes the seven seas in search of a worthy adversary. Heartless and snobby, he is partial to the poetical and theatrical; and also not terribly bright. Actor must have great comedic timing and not afraid to act in a big, broad, and sometimes over-the-top style. The name “Black Stache” is a reference to the pirate Blackbeard.

Male or female, Age: 25-55
Vocal Range: Tenor to F
Black Stache’s faithful first mate. Little is known about Smee other than his obligation to duty, and eagerness to serve; he is not the smartest guy on the crew, but is the quickest to respond to any orders that the captain issues. *Ability to play ukulele a plus.

Male, Age: 40-60
Vocal Range: Bari-tenor to F
Molly’s father, the very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher on a secret mission for Queen Victoria. He loves his daughter dearly but is perhaps guilty of placing his mission above her safety.

Male, Age: 16-25
Vocal Range: Bari-tenor
One of the Boy’s orphan companions, nicknamed “Tubby Ted.” Constantly hungry, he is obsessed with food and faints at the mere mention of sticky pudding. A natural performer, Ted has an easy wit and is quite poetic with language. Ted must have a strong and natural balance of dramatic and comedic timing, an easy way with humor, without becoming a “cartoon”; inside his humor is a sense of longing, afraid of being alone. *Ability to play violin, viola or harmonica a plus.

Male, Age: 16-25
Vocal Range: Bari-tenor to F
One of the Boy’s orphan companions. Prentiss is pompous, sarcastic, ambitious, hyper articulate, and the logic-minded “lieutenant” to Peter, even though he is a bit older; smart and well-spoken, but not quite as brave or charismatic as Peter. He yearns to be leader, even when he knows in his heart that he’ll never be one.
*Ability to play violin, viola or harmonica a plus.

Male or female, Age: 25-60
*This role can be split for two actors.
Vocal Range: Baritone, a cappella
Molly’s faithful Nanny, a prim and proper English woman prone to alliteration and outfitted with the duty of teaching Molly about womanhood. Lovably brash and bold British nanny with a big heart; Molly’s nanny is a character with character, hardscrabble and charmingly no-nonsense, but still knows how to turn on the flirt when the time is right. This actor also doubles as Teacher, a sage in mermaid form.
*This role is traditionally played by a male, however can be played a female.

Male, Age: 25-60
Vocal Range: Tenor to A
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 which shine through his lumbering exterior. A salty and flatulent sailor on the Neverland, who falls deeply and instantly in love with Mrs. Bumbrake. He is somewhat coarse and has no time for children, but good-natured.

Male or female, Age: 30-50
Vocal Range: Bari-Bass
*This role can be split for two actors. The characters Mack and Sanchez can be played by a female actress.
Grempkin is the dark and oppressive headmaster at the orphanage, where the lost boys live; nicknamed “The Angel of Anguish” by the boys. This actor also plays Mack, a repressed and untalented sailor and Fighting Prawn, King of Mollusks, fierce protector of his Mollusk Isle homeland, with a disdain for England, as they had kidnapped him in his past; worked as a sous-chef in Derbyshire where he mastered Italian cuisine, and his speech is peppered with Italian food references. Fighting Prawn is the fierce chief of the tribe of Mollusk Islanders, who was sold into slavery in England as a boy, where he became a kitchen slave in a fine house. He speaks almost exclusively in Italian cooking terms. The actor in this role also portrays Grempkin, the sadistic schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys, Sanchez, one of Black Stache’s crew, and Mack, the world’s most incompetent Sailor.

Male, Age: 30-55
Vocal Range: Bari-Bass
The nasty, greedy and cruel captain of the Neverland. It is Slank’s greed for the Queen’s secret treasure that sets the entire plot in motion. This actor also doubles as Hawking Clam, the son of Fighting Prawn, who shares his father’s disdain for England.

Male or female, Age: 30-45
Vocal Range: Bari-tenor to F#
The epitome of an adventurer, this athletic soul commands the Wasp, the swiftest ship in Queen Victoria’s navy. The actor playing Scott should have good body strength and able to lift people comfortably. Based loosely on the real Robert Falcon Scott.

The ensemble cast also portrays narrators, mermaids, pirates, sailors, islanders and various other creatures, locations and people throughout the show.

For more information:
Email tammy@aeonlifetheater.com