Albany Civic Theater Holds Auditions for “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Albany Civic Theater Holds Auditions for

Peter and the Starcatcher
by Rick Elice
Directed by Brian Sheldon

Albany Civic Theatre
235 Second Ave., Albany, NY

AUDITIONS
Monday, May 8 & Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Sign-In 7 pm

Call-backs Wednesday, May 10

Those auditioning are encouraged to tell a joke or short story 1-2
minutes long. There will be cold readings from the script.

PERFORMANCES
September 8-24, 2017, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 3pm.
Preview is Thursday, 9/7 at 7:30pm.

REHEARSALS
Begin MONDAY JUNE 10th. Rehearsals will generally be MON, WED, FRI
7-10pm and SUNDAYS 1-4.

CASTING
Age 18+, 1 female, 11 males, most of the actors will play multiple
roles.

SYNOPSIS
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to
a distant Island ruled by an evil King. While at sea the boys are met
by Molly , a starcatcher in training. When the ship is taken over by
pirates, led by Black Stache the journey quickly becomes fraught with
danger. This Tony award winning adventure reveals orgins of Peter Pan,
Wendy, the Lost boys their Piratical nemesis, Capt. Hook and a far off
place known as Neverland.

Please contact the director, Brian Sheldon, with any
questions, brianactorsheldon@gmail.com.

CHARACTERS
Boy/Peter: A nameless and friendless 13-year-old 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 13-year-old 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: PLAYED BY A MAN. 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,
who also plays 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. 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.

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. The actor in the role also portrays 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.

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

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