Citadel Theatre is looking for one AEA actor and numerous non-AEA actors for their upcoming production of Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, directed by Jeremy Aluma. We strongly encourage performers of all ethnicities, genders, sizes, and abilities to submit. We are casting between 12 to 18 actors.
Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
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Material to Prepare:
One 90-second contemporary comedic monologue.
Sides will be sent out for callbacks.
First Rehearsal – Monday, August 12, 2019
Tech Begins – Saturday, September 14, 2019
First Preview – Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Press Opening – Thursday, September 19, 2019
Closing – Sunday, October 20
Wednesday, June 19, 6pm - 10:30pm in Chicago
Thursday, June 20, 6pm - 10pm at Citadel Theatre
Saturday, June 22, 11am - 5pm at Citadel Theatre
Boy (Peter): A 13-year-old 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. Actor should be teens to early 20s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
Prentiss: A young boy. Ambitious, hyper-articulate, 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. Actor should be teens to early 20s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
Ted: A young boy. 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, though not due to girth, of which orphans, given their meager diets, have very little indeed. Actor should be teens to early 20s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
THE BRITISH SUBJECTS
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. Actor should be 30s to 50s. Looking for male and male identifying actors.
Molly Aster: A 13-year-old girl. 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. Actor should be teens to early 20s. Looking for female and female identifying actors.
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. Actor should be 40s to 50s. Looking for female and female identifying actors.
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. Actor should be 30s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
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. Actor should be 30s to 50s. Looking for male and male identifying actors.
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. Actor should be 30s to 50s. Looking for male and male identifying actors.
Alf: An old sea dog. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility-might be his bowlegs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart. Actor should be 30s to 50s and large. Looking for male and male identifying actors.
Mack: A very bad sailor who wants to be anywhere but under the thumb of Bill Slank. Actor should be 20s to 30s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
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 ten, 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 theatrical, and given to a ferocity from which no good shall ever spring. Actor should be 30s to 40s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
Smee: First mate to Black Stache. Single-mindedly dedicated to his captain's every whim. His motto: "'Tis good to be busy." Actor should be 30s to 40s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
Sanchez: A hardworking Spanish pirate with an identity crisis. Actor should be 20s to 30s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
Fighting Prawn: King of the Mollusks, son of Jumbo Prawn and Littleneck Clam. Kidnapped by British sailors and brought in chains to England, he served as sous-chef in a country estate in Derbyshire, where, for no good reason, he learned Italian wines and mastered Italian cuisine. Since returning to his island kingdom, he vengefully murders any English with the temerity to land on his Mollusk Isle domain. Actor should be 20s to 40s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
Hawking Clam: Son of Fighting Prawn and Sweet'n'Sour Shrimp. One day, he will ascend the Clam throne as head of the Royal Clam Clan. Actor should be 20s to 40s. Open to all gender identities and expressions.
Teacher: Female. 30s to 40s. Formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. Also plays Mrs. Bumbrake. Actor should be 30s to 40s. Looking for female and female identifying actors.
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