Be a Part of the Show
Release your inner thespian and be a part of the Joe Jefferson Players family again or for the very first time! Auditions for upcoming performances are held approximately two and a half months prior to show dates. We welcome actors of all talents and ages as we cast for lead and supporting roles. With each audition, the director will provide expectations and requirements in advance, usually via our Facebook Events page, at least 3 weeks in advance of auditions.
Next Audition Opportunity: PETER & THE STARCATCHER
Sunday, August 6 & Monday, August 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Callbacks (if needed): Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 PM
The Joe Jefferson Players are holding open auditions for the second show of our 70th season, Peter & The Starcatcher! We are friendly folks and we want everyone to do well. So whether you’re an old pro, or a first time auditioner, know that you are welcome!
Peter & The Starcatcher
Written by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Directed by Eric C. Browne
NEEDS: Total cast of 16-20 actors. 1 Female, 15-20 Males
PROCESS: Rehearsals will be limited to only two or three rehearsals/meetings a week until September 25th. We will adjust to a regular rehearsal schedule on September 25th, four to five rehearsals per week until opening on October 27 – November 12. Actors will be expected to have all lines and lyrics memorized by September 25th. All music rehearsals, line work, set construction, and ensemble building rehearsals will take place in the weeks leading up to this date.
REQUIREMENTS: Please have a 60-90 second audition piece prepared which includes a comedic monologue (classical or contemporary) and a song (Golden Age Broadway or traditional folk song/hymnal preferred, no rock or pop musicals please). Actors will also be asked to perform a cold read from the script. Please see character list below for more information.
Tech Week/Dress Rehearsal: October 22-26, 2017
*PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE ONE DAYTIME PERFORMANCE DURING THE RUN OF THE SHOW AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE DATE AS SOON AS IT IS KNOWN. THE ENTIRE CAST AND CREW WILL BE EXPECTED TO BE THERE FOR THIS WEEKDAY PERFORMANCE*
Show Dates: October 27, 28 & November 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30PM and October 29 & November 5 & 12 at 2PM.
Mandatory Set Strike Sunday November 12th following the performance
NOTE: Ages and descriptions are flexible, so please keep that in mind when selecting roles on which to focus.
Feel free to download our Audition Form and come to the audition prepared!
BOY (PETER): (17 – Mid 20s) A Boy who doesn’t miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play, and a hero by the end. Feral, brave, competitive, the boy the others will come to look up to. A survivor. More than anything in the world, he wants a home and a family. He will stare at adult life from a distance, but will never understand it, or enjoy it, because he will be forever held back in childhood. If he could grow up, he’d fall for Molly in a big way, but it’ll never happen.
PRENTISS: (17 – Mid 20’s) A bit older than Peter. Ambitious, hyper-articulate, logical, yearns to be a leader even as he knows in his heart it’ll never happen, on account of the fact that the boys wouldn’t follow him no matter what. Just the teeny-tiniest touch of cowardice. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Baritone/Tenor 2 E’s & F’s
TED: (17 – Mid 20’s) An orphan. Obsessed with food: the finding of, the eating of, the pining over, the dreaming about. The most talented of the boys, a natural actor, and easy wit, maybe even a poet. Called “Tubby” by Prentiss, though not due to girth, of which orphans, given their meager diets, have very little indeed. Fed up with Prentiss, but hungry for companionship. Must be funny and real: the comic responsibility is vital. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Seeking a strong singer (baritone / tenor 2).
THE BRITISH SUBJECTS
MOLLY ASTER: (17 – Mid 20s) Raised to believe females can do anything males can. A natural leader at a time when girls are mostly followers. Fearless, passionate, devoted to her father, her country, and her Queen. Willing to 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, for the moment, she’s still a thirteen-year-old kid. She’ll be one hell of a woman one day. Must have an excellent British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong enough singer for featured solos, Mix/Belt to a C#
LORD LEONARD ASTER: (Mid 30s – Late 40s) The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, loyal subject to the Queen, devoted father, faithful friend. Also, and not irrelevant to the story, Lord Aster is a Starcatcher – dedicated to protecting the earth and all who dwell there from the awesome power of Starstuff. Must have an excellent British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Baritone/Tenor 2 E’s & F’s
MRS. BUMBRAKE: (MALE Early 30s – Early 50s) Molly’s Nanny. A brave British widow with a big heart and a love of alliteration. A no-nonsense, good-time gal, who liked a rough shag and a quick drag too, back in the day. Still has enough of her girlish charm intact to turn a sailor’s head and leaven his dreams. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship. Also plays TEACHER, formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. Must have excellent British and Scottish accents. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong enough singer for a cappella solo. Baritone
CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT: (Early 30s – Late 40s) Captain of the sports teams at Trinity School, now commander of the fastest ship in Victoria’s fleet, the Wasp. If you don’t ask, he won’t tell about his school boy crush on Leonard Aster, also a student at Trinity. Years later, he would lead an expeditionary team to the South Pole, freeze to death, and become an iconic British hero, Scott of the Antarctic. Must have an excellent British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Baritone/Tenor 2, up to F#
GREMPKIN: (Mid 30s – Late 50s) The mean and malodorous schoolmaster from St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost boys. Known as the Angel of Anguish, he keeps his boys in the dark, as sunlight is known to feed rebellious notions. Also plays MACK: A very bad sailor who wants to be anywhere else but under the thumb of Bill Slank. Must have an excellent British. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Bass/Baritone
BILL SLANK: (Mid 30s – Late 40s) A vicious Captain without the skill or quality to lead anyone but himself, and always into disaster. Would sell his own mother for a ship to command, would kill his best friend for a leg-up from the stinking hole he calls home. Cheerfully aids the awful machinations of those who would use Starstuff for personal gain, global domination, or worse. An orphan, too. Must have an excellent British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Bass/Baritone
ALF: (35 – Late 40s) Gruff and butch exterior. Should be big, physically imposing, perhaps even overweight, while still agile and comfortable with movement. An “old” seadog who’s prouder of achieving the rank of “Mister” than he should be, given the state of the competition. A white knight in search of a damsel, any damsel. A romantic at heart, without ever having read a poem. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility; might be his bow legs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart. Blue-collar English accent a plus. Seeking a tenor to a solid A.
MACK: (Early – Mid 30s) A very bad sailor who wants to be anywhere but under the thumb of Bill Slank.
BLACK STACHE: (25 – Late 30s) Long after everyone else had gotten out of the Pirate business, Black Stache stuck it out. He searches the seven seas for a hero worthy of his hatred, an opponent 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. Stache is ruthless, heartless, and just a little bit stupid. He’s suspiciously well-read, partial to the poetical and the theatrical, but can’t quite get it right on the night. Blames everyone else for his failures, as pirates do – and with a ferocity from which no good shall ever spring. Must be an excellent comedic actor who is comfortable with featured singing. Strong British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong singer, Baritone/Tenor up to G#
SMEE: (Early – Mid 30s) First mate to The Black Stache. Simple-minded but single-mindedly dedicated to his Captain’s every whim. No first name, and, from the day he was out of diapers, packed off somewhere to be subservient to somebody. His motto: “Tis good to be busy.” Must have an excellent British accent. Featured singer. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong singer, Tenor 2 up to F’s comfortably
SANCHEZ: (Early – Late 30s) A hardworking Spanish pirate with an identity crisis.
FIGHTING PRAWN: (Mid 30s – Late 50s) King of the Mollusks, son of Jumbo Prawn and Littleneck Clam. Kidnapped by British sailors and brought in chains to England, he served as a sous-chef is 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. Must have convincing Tropical accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Bass/Baritone
HAWKING CLAM:(Early 20s – Late 30s) Son of Fighting Prawn and Sweet’nSour Shrimp. One day, he will ascend the Clam throne as head of the Royal Clam Clan. Must have convincing Tropical accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Bass/Baritone
ENSEMBLE: Sailors; Seamen; Seafarers; Orphans; Pirates; Mermaids; Mollusks; Narrators