Auditions

 

Cumberland Players is proud to announce auditions for fall production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." Stage Director Heidi Dugan, Musical Director Trisha Dennis, Choreographer Karly Jeffers, and Fight Choreographer Dominic Ciarrocchi seek one woman and 10-15 men (or any gender to play men) or varying ages, ethnicities, and types. The team especially seeks actors who enjoy comedy, improvisational acting, singing, and working together to create an immersive world from very little.

Sunday, June 13:
Session 1 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Session 2 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Session 3 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Monday, June 14
Session 4 - 7:00pm-10:00pm

Callbacks (if needed, by invite only) will be held on Wednesday, June 16 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.

PERFORMERS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF AUDITION.

Please complete and submit this form PRIOR to your audition date and time. ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED THIS FORM WILL BE SEEN FOR AN AUDITION. You must signup for an audition time slot to be considered for this production.

https://forms.gle/2FqvHXdMB6BJLs9MA

WE WILL HAVE STRICT COVID-19 GUIDELINES IN PLACE FOR AUDITIONS, AS WELL AS CALLBACKS.
1. Temperatures will be taken at the door before you enter the building. anyone with a temperature of 99.9 or higher will be asked to leave.
2. Masks must be worn at all times, unless you are on stage auditioning with your music piece.
3. You will be asked to sit in an assigned seat, please do not move seats after staff has placed you there.
4. Hand sanitizer will be available.
5. In order to promote social distancing, no one will be allowed in the building to accompany auditioners.

Covid-19 guidelines for rehearsals will be shared with the cast. We want to make this experience as safe as we possibly can.

Show Dates are tentatively scheduled for:
Friday, October 15 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 22 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 pm

As we said, these show dates are TENTATIVE! We will continue to monitor and see what rules the state of New Jersey will allow with COVID-19 restrictions.

Video Submissions will be accepted, you must get permission from Production Manager Joe Dugan. Please Email him at Williamjosephdugan@gmail.com

Show Synopsis:
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.

Character Breakdown:
(there will likely be doubling, and perhaps additional casting for an ensemble)

Accent Notes
* Boy (Peter), Ted and Prentiss should use normal voices with no added accent.
* Molly, Aster, Scott, and Brumbrake (or if you can do Scottish, even better!) should have upper class British accents.
* Black Stache, Grempkin, Mack, Smee, Slank, and Alf should have lower class (Cockney/Cornish/Yorkshire-type) accents.
* Sanchez should have a Spanish accent.
* Do your best!

BOY (PETER) M 18-25 A 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. English accent optional.

PRENTISS M 18-25 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.

TED M 18-25 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.

LORD LEAONARD ASTER M 40-60 The very model of a modern Victorian English gentleman, loyal subject to the Queen, devoted father, faithful friend. 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.

MOLLY ASTER F 18-25 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.

MRS. BUMBRAKE M 30-60 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. To be cast as male in a dress.

ALF M 30-60 An old sea dog. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility – might be his bowlegs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart.

BLACK STACHE M 30-50 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.

SMEE M 30+ First mate to Black Stache. Single-mindedly dedicated to his Captain’s every whim. His motto: “’Tis good to be busy.”

BILL SLANK M 40-60 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.

CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT M 30-50 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.

GREMPKIN M 30+ 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.

MACK M 30+ A very bad sailor who wants to be anywhere but under the thumb of Bill Slank.

SANCHEZ M 30+ A hardworking Spanish pirate with an identity crisis (and an outrageous Spanish accent).

Ensemble: sailors, orphans, pirates, mermaids, mollusks, narrators, etc.

Audition Information:

SINGING
All who audition should be prepared to sing “Happy Birthday” or any traditional children’s song unaccompanied, and scales with the piano as needed.

**Those interested in auditioning for Black Stache should prepare the indicated section of “Mermaids Outta Me.”

**Those interested in auditioning for Smee should prepare all of “Ukulele Smee.”

Show us your vocal abilities, and also your characterization.

Music files here: https://drive.google.com/.../1Ik3m5Bfe.../view...

MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
Please be prepared for an ensemble-based movement workshop highlighting collaboration, improvisation, clowning, and viewpoints. Movement-ready clothing is recommended. Auditioners may also be asked to demonstrate stage combat (no prior stage combat experience is necessary).

PREPARED MONOLOGUES
Please select one of the monologues and have it prepared for your audition. Memorization is recommended, but not strictly necessary. If there is a specific character you are interested in, select a monologue for that character. If a character you are interested in is not listed, select a monologue that you think best displays your acting abilities.

Monologues here: https://docs.google.com/.../1cndsFVT6x4A9SV9vVNa8.../edit...

 

READINGS FROM THE SCRIPT
Please be comfortable with the following readings. Memorization is neither expected nor preferred. Personality, creativity, and characterization are key. You may be asked to read for characters not listed on your audition sheet. Your flexibility is appreciated.

Script Sides here