PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
A Play by Rick Elice, Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Director: Jessica Lanius
Music Director: Erin McConnell
Description: Peter and the Starcatcher is a prequel to Peter Pan based on the children’s book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and freely adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. This Tony award winning, magical and inventive adventure is a coming-of-age story that reveals how a nameless orphan and a remarkable and ambitious girl, the starcatcher, are the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy, The Lost Boys, Captain Hook and Neverland. The production is an extravaganza of staging which relies on physical and theatrical storytelling with a script, jam-packed with poetry, music, fart jokes, gentle lyricism, and numerous nods to pop culture.
Rehearsals begin: Movement workshops October 8 & 9, Rehearsals begin October 11. General rehearsal schedule Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 6-10 PM, Sat 12-6 PM pending cast conflicts.
Performance Dates: November 17-20 and December 1-4 Mitchell Theatre (no performances week of Thanksgiving)
Audition Dates: All in Vilas 1153
- Thursday 9/8 6-10 PM
- Friday 9/9 6-10 PM
- Saturday 9/10 and Sunday 9/11 Callbacks 10 AM – 3 PM
Casting: Seeking student performers of all kinds! We will be building a diverse ensemble of creative actors who can tell any theatrical story with physical expression, language, a few props and a ton of imagination. All casting is open to all identities: races, gender expressions, sizes, physical abilities, sexual orientation, religions, ethnicities, countries of origin, and more.
Course info: If cast, all UW students MUST enroll in Theatre 360.
What to prepare:
- Please prepare and have memorized two of the following options (actor’s choice) – not to exceed 2-3 minutes total:
- Monologue (contemporary or classical)
- Performance of a Poem/Spoken Word/Fairy Tale
- Song (16 bars with sheet music or a capella) Please bring sheet music or a recording of your accompaniment (accompanist available).
- Any monologue from the show
- Any song from the show (16 bars)
- All actors will also be asked to do a movement audition in small groups. Please dress to move easily
- Black Stache- A notorious pirate, terrorizing the seven seas in search of a worthy adversary. Heartless, hirsute, and suspiciously well read. Partial to the poetical and theatrical, which causes Stache to behave quite flamboyantly.
- Molly Aster- A young girl and Starcatcher apprentice who is taken aboard the Neverland as precious cargo. Curious and intelligent, she is only beginning to understand the confusing romantic longings that come with her age. She will risk anything for the sake of what is right.
- Boy/Peter- A lonely and hardened orphan who doesn’t miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. He wants a home and a family more than anything, and dreams of a life of being free.
- Grempkin- The schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys. Mean and malodorous, they revel in keeping the boys in the dark and malnourished. Doublings include: FIGHTING PRAWN, MACK
- Bumbrake- Molly’s nanny, outfitted with the duty of teaching Molly about womanhood. They have the charm and wit to attract a sailor or two.
- Bill Slank- The vicious orphaned captain of the Neverland. Does not possess the capacity to lead anyone but themselves, which puts them constantly in disaster. Greedy enough to send boys to their doom for the chance of gaining starstuff. Doubling as HAWKING CLAM.
- Smee- Black Stache’s first mate. Single-mindedly dedicated to their captain’s every whim.
- Prentiss- An orphan, ambitious, hyper articulate, and logical. They yearn to be leader, even when they know in their heart that they’’ll never be one. A bit of a blowhard with a touch of cowardice.
- Alf- A seafarer, an old sea dog proud of their tenure, with a kind heart and an appeal to the feminine sensibility.
- Lord Leonard Aster-Molly’s father, a loyal subject to the Queen. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher.
- Captain Robert Falcon Scott- Lord Aster’s old school friend, the captain of the Wasp, Britain’s fastest frigate. Lives with nautical bravura and heroic patriotism.
- Ted- An orphan obsessed with food. A natural performer with easy wit and quite poetic language.
- Teacher- All knowing, formerly a Salmon, now an ancient knowledgeable mermaid. (will be doubled with another role)