Peter & The Starcatcher
A Play By Rick Elice with Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel “Peter & The Star Catchers” by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Directed by Sally Page Sohor, Musical Direction by Michael Gilch
Wednesday, September 5 – 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Saturday, September 8 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Spotlight Players is looking for an energetic cast of versatile performers for its fall production of the musical fantasy, “Peter and the Starcatcher”, the highly imaginative prequel to the story of Peter Pan.
Open to actors ages 16 and up. We are especially encouraging actors of all different physical types, all races, etc. to audition.
Please prepare a 16 bar selection, preferably and up-tempo comedic song from musical theater – the production team is looking to get an idea of a character, not impressive vocals. No pop / rock musical selections, please. Actors will be given sides at the audition from which they will be asked to read. Ability to do a British accent a plus.
If you play a musical instrument (any kind) please bring it with you to the audition prepared to play a song, we would like to incorporate as many musician/actors as possible into the cast.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 5th from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM and Saturday, September 8th from 11 am – 2 pm.
The rehearsal schedule will be created based on the availability of actors, so please bring your calendar and be prepared to list your conflicts up until the closing of the show. Please note, our tech week beings Saturday, November 3rd and runs until Wednesday, November 7th. The show will run November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. Friday & Saturday Evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.
Please note that some actors may be asked to play multiple characters from this list.
With exception of Boy/Peter (male), Mrs. Bumbrake (male), and Molly Aster (female), all genders will be considered for all roles. We are looking for actors that can embody the spirit of the characters.
- Boy/Peter: A nameless and friendless Orphan, deeply mistrustful of adults and neglected to the point of never having seen the sun. His adventures allow him to find the hero within himself, and to take on a name worthy of the legend he becomes.
- Molly Aster: A young apprentice Starcatcher desperate to prove herself to her father. Highly intelligent and physically adept, she remains socially awkward and something of a know-it-all, and her relationship with the Orphan Boys is driven as much by competition as it is by friendship.
- Black Stache: A highly intelligent but malapropism-prone Pirate chief, so called due to the black mustache that is a trademark in his family. In search of a great hero who he can oppose to become a great villain, Stache is given to scenery-chewing and anachronistic jokes, and has a hook in his future. The name “Black Stache” is a reference to the pirate Blackbeard.
- Smee: Black Stache’s faithful first mate. More intelligent than he gives himself credit for (but still not overly bright), Smee is willing to follow his captain in any amount of hare-brained schemes. Somehow, this ends up with him disguising himself as a Mermaid, which is far from a pretty sight.
- Lord Leonard Aster: Molly’s father, A Starcatcher on a secret mission for Queen Victoria. He loves his daughter dearly but is perhaps guilty of placing his mission above her safety. Constantly paranoid about the security of top-secret conversation, he has trained Molly to converse in Dodo, Porpoise and Norse code (a Morse code-like system used by ancient Vikings.)
- Ted: 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. He accepts Molly as a mother figure immediately, often referring to her by that title. Once on the Island, he spends most of his time attempting to figure out how to eat a pineapple.
- Prentiss: One of the Boy’s orphan companions. Pompous and sarcastic, he is intent on proclaiming himself the leader of the gang of Orphans but is too cowardly to really do anything about it, and usually follows Peter and Molly with only nominal protest.
- Mrs. Bumbrake: Molly’s faithful Nanny, a prim and proper Englishwoman prone to alliteration. In the tradition of the Pantomime dame, the role is written to be portrayed by a male actor,
- Teacher a wise and mysterious mermaid.
- Alf: 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.
- Fighting Prawn: 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.
- Grempkin, the sadistic schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys,
- Sanchez, one of Black Stache’s crew,
- Mack, the world’s most incompetent Sailor.
- Bill Slank: The nasty, greedy and cruel captain of the Neverland. It is Slank’s greed for the Queen’s secret treasure sets the entire plot in motion.
- Hawking Clam, Fighting Prawn’s son.
- Captain Robert Falcon Scott: Captain of the Wasp, and Lord Astor’s old friend from their schooldays. Based loosely on the real Robert Falcon Scott.