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Peter and the Starcatcher

by Rick Elice; Directed by Doug Schultz

In this prequel to Peter Pan, a young orphan is being shipped off to a distant island to be a slave to an evil king. When he is discovered by a young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training whose mission is to protect a mysterious trunk full of "starstuff," they embark on a fantastic and magical adventure to save the trunk from pirates, including the fearsome (and flamboyant) Black Stache. This heartwarming and hilarious script tells the story of how this once-nameless orphan learned to fly above the grownups that treated him so poorly and became the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.

Auditions

  • Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Auditions will be held on Sunday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 14 at 7pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to begin filling out audition forms. If you have not auditioned at Barley Sheaf before, please bring a photo of yourself that the production team may keep (it's OK if it's not a formal headshot). No appointments are necessary. You need only attend one of the two nights to audition. You should plan to spend about 2 to 3 hours at the theater on your audition night. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Thursday, March 16 at 7pm

All actors/actresses must be at least 18 years of age to audition. Rehearsals will be Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from March through May. Please bring a list of any conflicts you may have to auditions.

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher consists of 12 actors & actresses who, together, play a number of different roles. The show is told in story-theater style, meaning that there are no complicated sets or props - the actors use everyday objects (and sometimes their own bodies) to create the scenery and the world of Peter Pan. This is an ensemble show, and we are looking for a group of people who can work well together, are eager to learn from each other, and willing to be co-creators as we discover how to best tell this story to our audience. We are looking for people who are willing to be flexible and comfortable with an organic blocking process. Most importantly, we want a group of people who will function as a cohesive unit and want to have fun!

Auditions will consist of four parts:

1. Tell us a story - we'd like each actor/actress auditioning to prepare a 1 to 2 minute story to tell us. This can be a story from your life, a story you made up, or a classic fairytale (but please use your own words). We'd prefer if you had this story memorized, rather than using notecards or paper. We are looking for your story to be dynamic, energetic, and engaging. You may bring a prop or two with you if you like - we encourage bringing something ordinary and using it in an unconventional way. However, props are not mandatory.
2. An improv game - details to be given at auditions
3. Music - We do not want you to prepare a musical theater song as you would for a musical audition. This show has some moments where the actors sing, but not in the same way that occurs in a musical. This is a play in which the actors occasionally sing short songs (like a group of pirates singing a sea-faring tune). As such, we do not want you to prepare anything in advance. We will have a selection of simple, well-known songs at the theater (think Happy Birthday or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star). We will ask everyone to pick one and sing it for us. If you are not a singer, please don't worry. While the musical numbers do need to have some polish to them, you do not need to be a musical performer to be in the show. In fact, we encourage actors/actresses who feel like they can carry a tune but do not perform in musicals to audition. Again, this is not a musical. While we will be looking to make sure you can carry a basic tune, we are not so much focused on how good your singing is; instead, we want to see your characterization. We will provide direction (e.g., sing Happy Birthday as Black Stache would), and what we are looking for above all else is how you infuse the song with your character.
4. Cold readings from the script

Below is a list of character descriptions for the major characters. Please keep in mind that while the show is traditionally cast with all men (except for Molly), we are willing to consider actors of either gender for most roles (exceptions where noted in the descriptions). In terms of age, the orphans and Molly should appear to be around the same age. In the script, they are around age 13, but we will be casting adult actors to play these roles.

Character descriptions

The Orphans (eventually become Peter Pan and the Lost Boys)

Boy (Peter): A boy who doesn't miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. A survivor. More than anything in the world, he wants a home and a family. If he could grow up, he'd fall for Molly in a big way. But it'll never happen. (Should be played be a male actor)
Prentiss: Ambitious, hyperarticulate, logical; yearns to be a leader, even as he knows in his heart that he never shall be one. A bit of a blowhard with just the teeny-tiniest touch of cowardice. (Should be played be a male actor)
Ted: Obsessed with food; the eating of, the fighting over, the dreaming about. A natural actor, an easy wit, perhaps a future poet. Called "Tubby" by Prentiss, thought not due to girth, of which orphans, given their meager diets, have very little indeed. (Should be played be a male actor)

The British Subjects (will require British accents)

Molly Aster: A true leader at a time when girls are mostly followers. Will risk everything for the sake of Doing Right. Curious, intelligent, beginning to feel things she doesn't yet understand--romantic longings that revert to childish tantrums under pressure--because, after all, she's a thirteen-year-old kid. She'll be a great woman one day. (Should be played by a female actress)
Lord Leonard Aster: The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, loyal subject to the Queen, devoted father, faithful friend. Also, and not irrelevant to our story, Lord Aster is a Starcatcher--dedicated to protecting the Earth and all who dwell thereon from the awesome power of starstuff. (Should be played by a male actor)
Mrs. Bumbrake: Molly's nanny. British to the bone. Still has enough of her girlish charm to turn a sailor's head and leaven his dreams. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship. (Will consider either gender)
Captain Robert Falcon Scott: Captain of Britain's fastest frigate, the Wasp. Years later, he will lead an expeditionary team to the South Pole, freeze to death, and become the iconic British hero, Scott of the Antarctic. (Will consider either gender)
Grempkin: The mean and malodorous schoolmaster of St. Norbert's Orphanage for Lost Boys. Likes to keep his boys in the dark, as sunlight is known to feed rebellious notions, and on account of the preference in certain quarters for lads that are white and pasty. Also doubles as another sailor (Mack), a pirate (Sanchez), and Fighting Prawn. (Will consider either gender)

The Seafarers (also will require a British accent)

Bill Slank: The Neverland's vicious captain, without the skill or quality to lead anyone but himself, and always into disaster. A greedy bastard who'd sell his own mother for a ship to command and send boys to their doom for the favor of those who would use starstuff for personal gain, global domination, or worse. An orphan, too. Doubles as Hawking Clam. (Will consider either gender)
Alf: An old sea dog. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility--might be his bowlegs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart. (Will consider either gender)
Black Stache: Long after everyone else got out of the pirate business, Black Stache continues to terrorize the seven seas in search of a hero worthy of his villainy. Famous for his face foliage, he started shaving at age 10, had a bushy handlebar by eleven, and the blood of twenty crews on his hands by twelve. Heartless and hirsute, suspiciously well read, partial to the poetical and the theatrical, and given to a ferocity from which no good shall ever spring. Black Stache must be able to command the stage; we must be enraptured and enthralled by him. (Will consider either gender)
Smee: First mate to Black Stache. Single-mindledly dedicated to his captain's every whim. His motto: "'Tis good to be busy." (Will consider either gender)


If you have any questions, you may contact director Doug Schultz by clicking on his name below.

Performances

Coming June 2nd

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Ticket Prices

Adult $17, Student (18 and under) $13, Senior (60 and over) $13

Purchase tickets and select your seats on-line. Tickets are also available via our reservation line at 610-363-7075.

Staff

Director
 
Doug Schultz
Producer
 
Christine Robinson
Assistant Director
 
Katie Farnum
Musical Director
 
Jeremy Wheeler
Stage Manager
 
Tracy Bell
Technical Director
 
Chelsea Barnett
Set Designer
 
Doug Schultz
Costume Designers
 
Michele Murphy, Deb Sulenski

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