Audition Info for "Peter Pan"

(Performances in January 2019)

Sign-ups for Auditions begin Wednesday, August 1!

Auditions are by appointment. We will begin taking audition appointments on Wednesday, August 1. To make an appointment call Amherst Leisure Services at 413-259-3065.

If you haven't signed up for your audition slot by Friday, September 14 at 4:00 pm, please call Diane Zamer, Producer, at 413-320-1585 and she will assist you.

Auditions will be at the Bangs Community Center (70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA) on these dates and times:

Performances of "Peter Pan" will be presented on:

January 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2019.

ALSCT acknowledges, respects, and celebrates the diversity within our organization and local community. We seek to create theater that enables people of different genders, races, cultures, sexual orientations, levels of physical ability, ages, beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds to be represented in our productions.

Questions: Call Diane Zamer at 413-320-1585

Meet the Director (video)
Meet the Assistant Director (video)

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about auditions is explained in the Audition Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) document.

Audition Survival Guide

A message from the ALSCT board about auditions and casting can be found here.

Important Audition Documents

Audition Form - this form must be filled out and handed in at your audition. Save time by downloading, printing, and filling out the form ahead of time.

Important Information and Dates - this handout has detailed information regarding rehearsals, performances, and cast obligations.

Support Activities - this document has details on the mandatory support activities for cast and families, and must be signed and returned only if you are cast in the show. It should be brought to or filled out at the first rehearsal.

Audition Readings (Sides)

Please be prepared to read from a script. Please note that if you wish to be considered for multiple roles you will likely be asked to read for only one of them. Young children may be asked to participate in an acting exercise instead of reading.

  Character Audition Reading(s) Callback Reading(s)
  Peter Pan

Peter, Wendy p14-17

Wendy, Peter p73-74

Jane, Peter, Older Wendy p108-110

Lost Boys, Tiger, Peter p43-45

Same as Audition Readings Plus:

Peter, Tink p79-81

Peter, Hook p96-98

Peter, Older Wendy p107-108

 

  Wendy

Wendy, John, Michael, Mrs. Darling p2-3

Mr. Darling, Mrs. Darling, Wendy, Michael, John p7-9

Peter, Wendy p14-17

Wendy, Peter p73-74

Lost Boys, Wendy p66-68

 

Same as Audition Readings
  John

Wendy, John, Michael, Mrs. Darling p2-3

Mr. Darling, Mrs. Darling, Wendy, Michael, John p7-9

 

Same as Audition Readings
  Michael

Wendy, John, Michael, Mrs. Darling p2-3

Mr. Darling, Mrs. Darling, Wendy, Michael, John p7-9

 

Same as Audition Readings
  Mrs. Darling

Wendy, John, Michael, Mrs. Darling p2-3

Mrs. Darling, Mr. Darling p5-7

 

Same as Audition Readings
  Mr. Darling

Mrs. Darling, Mr. Darling p5-7

Mr. Darling, Mrs. Darling, Wendy, Michael, John p7-9

 

Same as Audition Readings
  Liza Liza (Storyteller) Prologue

 

Same as Audition Reading

 

  Captain Hook

Hook p84-85

Hook, Smee p38-41

Pirates, Hook p92-95

 

Same as Audition Readings Plus:

Peter, Hook p96-98

  Smee

Hook, Smee p38-41

Same as Audition Reading Plus:

Pirates, Hook p92-95

 

  Pirates

Pirates, Hook p92-95

 

Same as Audition Reading
  Tiger/Lost Boys/Runaways

Lost Boys p35-36

Lost Boys, Wendy, p66-68

Lost Boys, Tiger, Peter p43-45

 

Same as Audition Readings
 

Jane

Jane, Peter, Older Wendy p108-110

 

Same as Audition Reading

 

Audition Songs

If you want to be considered for a lead, you are required to sing a song from the show. Below is a list of songs by character. Audition scores can be downloaded by clicking on the song name. Please sing the measures indicated (ex. m1-m29) and in the given key. If you choose to sing a song that is not from the show, please bring sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist. Each person auditioning should expect to sing one song, even if they wish to be considered for multiple roles. Some people may be asked to sing more than one song if the director so desires. If multiple songs are listed for callbacks, please prepare all of them.

  Character Audition Song Callback Song
  Peter Pan

I Gotta Crow (m. 40-131)

I Gotta Crow (m. 40-131)

and

Distant Melody (m. 22-61)

  Wendy

Tender Shepherd (m. 13-20)

Tender Shepherd (m. 23-26, hold part in round)

  John

Tender Shepherd (m. 13-20)

Tender Shepherd (m. 23-26, hold part in round)

  Michael

Tender Shepherd (m. 13-20)

Tender Shepherd (m. 23-26, hold part in round)

  Mrs. Darling

Tender Shepherd (m. 13-20)

Tender Shepherd (m. 13-20)

  Mr. Darling

Tender Shepherd (m. 13-20)

Same as Audition Song
  Liza

I Gotta Crow (m. 40-87)

Same as Audition Song

  Captain Hook Hook's Waltz (m. 18-82)

 

Hook's Waltz (m. 1-82, including preceding monologue)

 

  Pirates (Smee, other named pirates, and ensemble) Hook's Tarantella (m. 22-41, sing Hook's melody m. 22-30, then pirates' melody m. 31-41) Same as Audition Song
  Tiger I Gotta Crow (m. 40-87)

 

Same as Audition Song

 

  Lost Boys (named and ensemble), Runaways, and Jane I Won't Grow Up (m. 57-71, Peter's melody) Same as Audition Song
  All other roles not listed I Gotta Crow (m. 40-87) Same as Audition Song

A Note About Casting

This production advocates conscious casting, not “blind” casting. All roles will be cast deliberately, celebrating how diversity in gender, race, sexuality, and age enhances and informs a story. All people will be considered for all roles, with the exception of Captain Hook.* Actors should audition for any roles that resonate with them, and are encouraged to bring themselves wholly to the material. The cast will include approximately 60 actors.
*In keeping with the original intent of the playwright, a woman-identified actor will be cast in the role of Captain Hook. (See Director’s Note for more information).

Character Descriptions

Important Note: Actors auditioning for the roles of Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Jane, Liza and Captain Hook MUST be available December 27, 28, and 29 for flying rehearsals with FOY, a professional theatrical fly company.

MR. DARLING, a young man (though he gives the impression of being in middle age) who will always strive to be exactly like his neighbors even though he and his family are so poor.

MRS. DARLING, a woman on the cusp of thirty who loves to have everything just so. She has a romantic mind and a sweet mocking mouth, which has one kiss on it that nobody can ever get, not even Mr. Darling.

WENDY, the first of the Darling children. Coming of age, inquisitive and thoughtful. Forming her own opinions. She is forging her own way. Actors auditioning for Wendy must be available December 27, 28, and 29 for flying rehearsals.

JOHN, the middle of the Darling children, he is the actor in the family and loves playing at pretend, especially in a historical context. Actors auditioning for John must be available December 27, 28, and 29 for flying rehearsals.

MICHAEL, the youngest of the Darling children who loves to crawl into his mother’s arms after a long day of adventure and play. He is so young that he spends most of his time doing nonsensical things with his teddy bear. Actors auditioning for Michael must be available December 27, 28, and 29 for flying rehearsals.

NANA, a very large dog and a natural-born nurse to the Darling children (though trained by Mrs. Darling). Nana is a treasure, exemplary to the children both inside and outside the house. She regularly escorts the two eldest Darling children to school with an umbrella in her mouth.

LIZA, the Darling’s only servant beyond Nana. Her age is ambiguous, and she is at times seemingly overwhelmed by her uniform (a long skirt and maid’s cap). Still, she has a knack for storytelling. Actors auditioning for Liza must be available December 27, 28, and 29 for flying rehearsals.

PETER PAN, a boy, betwixt and between gender, time, and space. Peter is a bird, and he is one day old. He can fly without the benefit of wings, has limited short-term memory and no long-term memory. But he nevertheless remembers running away from home when he was one day old and how his mother barred the windows to his nursery and replaced him with another child. Actors auditioning for Peter Pan must be available December 27, 28, and 29 for flying rehearsals.

TINKERBELL, a fairy whose speech consists of the sounds of a tinkling bell, understandable only to those familiar with the fairy language. Her diminutive size precludes her from having more than one feeling at a time, so when she is helpful, kind, ill-tempered, jealous, or vindictive, she has no counterbalancing emotion. She is Peter’s companion. Tinkerbell will be portrayed by a beam of light in this production.

CAPTAIN HOOK, Pirate Captain of the brig Jolly Roger and Blackbeard’s former bo’sun. Luxurious, opulent, and dandiacal with a proclivity for violence, yet he fears the sight of his own blood (which is of an unusual color). Hook is on the cusp of greatness and immortality if only he could silence that ticking clock. In keeping with the original intent of the playwright, a woman-identified actor will be cast in the role of Captain Hook. (See Director’s Note for more information). Hook is not a flying role, but actors auditioning for Hook must be available December 27, 28, and 29 to rehearse the fight sequence with Peter Pan.

TIGER, a child who purposefully escaped to Neverland (unlike the Lost Boys, who ended up there by chance). Defiant and strong. The leader of the Runaways.

RUNAWAYS, a band of children who escaped from their prams and fled to Neverland, where they could be free of restrictive and patriarchal societal structures. These children have no use for mothers, preferring their chosen family instead.

THE OSTRICH, an animal who has no concept of mothers. She/he does, however, have a very strong concept of proper grooming and presentation.

THE LION, an animal with rather bad eyesight. She/he takes care not to break the pince-nez adorning her/his nose at all times.

THE KANGAROO, an animal who has lots of opinions on what constitutes good facial care.

LOST BOYS, the children who fall out of their prams when the nurse is looking the other way. They love to play at pretend and are endowed with incredible imaginations. But they seek to leave Neverland and ultimately fear their leader, Peter Pan. When awaiting their captain’s return, they are not unlike village gossips or dogs waiting for their master to tell them that the day has begun. Ever aware of what they lack, they crave security and unconditional love and do what they can to fill that void.

SLIGHTLY, quite possibly a genius, a Lost Boy child who finds lack of talent and intellect offensive. Slightly would be content to enjoy his own company if only given the choice. Conceited. He remembers his mother.

TOOTLES, perceived to be the most unfortunate Lost Boy child because he’s enjoyed the least amount of adventure. Instead, Tootles prefers to venture off in some quiet hour to gather firewood for the group (for instance). When he returns, he’s typically missed whatever big thing has happened in his absence. It’s just as well — Tootles is the humblest of the Lost Boys and his disposition all the sweeter.  

NIBS, a Lost Boy child, rather debonair.

CURLY, a good-natured Lost Boy child. Highly intelligent and typically so often guilty of any sort of mischief that - as a rule now - he always takes responsibility for whatever has happened (whether he has done it or not). While a pupil at his last nursery school, the teacher fondly referred to him as a right little pickle.

FIRST TWIN, the first in a set of twin Lost Boy children, neither of which can be described because we’d probably be describing the wrong one.  

SECOND TWIN, see above.  

PIRATES, a villainous crew. Unapologetic and deeply in love with piracy, their chosen (egalitarian) occupation. Contrary to popular belief, they despise confrontation (as it disrupts their lifelong pursuit of pleasure and leisure) and always announce their approach with a few dreaded - and previously agreed upon - verses.

CECCO, a handsome pirate of Italian descent. Cecco would prefer to spend his days lounging seaside and imbibing far too many bottles of rum than scouring Neverland for children.

BILL JUKES, a pirate, every inch of him tattooed. The kind of man who would withstand innumerable lashes before relinquishing his loot.

COOKSON, said to be the brother of the infamous pirate, Black Murphy (though this was never proved!).

GENTLEMAN STARKEY, formerly an assistant public school teacher, known to be “dainty” in his killing methods and has impeccable manners.

SKYLIGHTS, a pirate, partial to climbing.

SMEE, Captain Hook’s bo’sun. A genial person and a nonconformist who’d rather do the children’s darning than harm them.  

NOODLER, a pirate who has an unusual way of gesticulating.

ROBERT MULLINS, a pirate with a deep affection for board games.

THE CROCODILE, a large aquatic reptile who was once a stealthy hunter. However, since devouring a ticking clock, she has found sneaking up on her prey slightly more challenging.

JANE, the daughter of Wendy. Curious about that bedroom window. Actors auditioning for Jane must be available December 27, 28, and 29 for flying rehearsals.

 

 

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