ELT YOUTH AUDITION NOTICE

PETER PAN JR.

Eltham Little Theatre is holding auditions to find a cast for their next youth show 'Peter Pan Jr.,' to be performed during the July school holidays.

What is Peter Pan Jr. about?

After the Darling children are put to bed in their nursery they are visited by a mysterious boy, Peter Pan, who is searching for his shadow. Peter takes the children away that night to a place called Neverland. In this magical land the children meet up with the Lost Boys, the Brave Girls, the villainous Captain Hook and his band of bungling pirates and even a ticking crocodile. An adventure ensues but eventually the Darling’s and the Lost Boys grow home sick. Captain Hook and his pirates try to prevent them from getting home but Peter Pan comes to their rescue.

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Auditions

There are 10 audition sessions organised for the following times:

  • Saturday 21 March at 9am 10am 11am 1pm 2pm and 3pm

  • Sunday 22 March at 10am 11am 1pm and 2pm

 

These sessions will have up to 10 participants and will last for approximately 45 minutes.

 

Auditions are open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age. Many of the roles can be played by either a female or a male. It is a musical so all cast need to be able to sing. We are looking for enthusiastic and confident performers. Don’t be deterred if you haven’t been in a show before. We will award roles on audition day content not on past experience.

 

Each audition session will be reviewing the following skills:

  • acting – by taking part in group script reading

  • singing – by learning and singing, as a group, a small part of a song from the show

  • movement – by learning and performing some movements to music as a group

 

If auditioning for a main role you will also be asked to sing a short portion of a pre-prepared song of your choice. This song should demonstrate your ability to project, sing clearly and on key. The song chosen should be from a stage or film musical, not a pop song.

 

Successful auditionees will need to attend rehearsals during April, May and June on Wednesday evenings and on Sundays. Other rehearsals may be arranged as required. Further details will be supplied after casting.

Before you register

These are the questions you will be asked when you register for an Audition. There are no wrong answers. The information is merely used as a guide.

 

  • your height in centimetres

  • the character or ensemble you wish to audition for (see below for roles available)

  • whether you will accept a different role if you don’t get the one you initially wanted

  • how you rate your dancing ability - amateur, having lessons, trained

  • how you rate your singing ability - amateur, having lessons, trained

  • whether you have any previous acting or performing experience (not compulsory)

  • whether you have any other skills that may be relevant (e.g. gymnastics, dance lessons)

To Register

Please go to , our Auditions – Peter Pan page at Trybooking to register and choose an audition day and time that suits you.

Character Descriptions

Stage age is defined as the character's age, but in reality, the person cast as that character only needs to appear to be that age. Songs is the total number of songs a character is involved in.

Peter Pan

Main role

Female/Male

Stage age: 13-16

9 Songs
Script states that this character was written for a female however we are open for a male to play this role. We will be looking for the best fit. Peter is the clever, adventurous, and confident leader of the Lost Boys. While at times boastful and self-centred, there is a side of Peter that is caring and joyous. His desire to stay a child forever allows him to continue his adventures unburdened by the realities of growing up. He is the embodiment of youthful naïveté. His relationship with Wendy, however, forces him to grapple with emotions he never anticipated. The actor playing this role is must be able to convey the complexity of the character and command the stage. Peter Pan’s role is the main role and the actor chosen must be able to handle the demands and pressure of such a role. The actor must be an excellent singer, actor and agile mover. Gymnastic ability a plus.


Wendy Darling

Main role

Female

Stage age: 13-15

10 Songs
The eldest child of the Darling Family, Wendy is very bright, ever-practical and ready for an adventure. She is a very pleasant and charming girl who takes on the role of “mother” to the Lost Boys. Wendy must be a good actor and a strong singer.


John Darling

Main role

Male

Stage age: 10-12

10 Songs
John is the loyal, bookish middle child of the Darling family. He has always dreamed of being in a big adventure. He has an open and amicable presence and is a little more proper than his younger brother. Must be a good actor, singer and mover.


Michael Darling

Main Role

Male/Female

Stage Age: 6-8

10 Songs
The youngest Darling child. He is a sweet, bubbly, and likeable boy who is full of fun. He needs to be a good actor who can portray a cute disposition. Must be a strong actor, singer and a good mover.


Captain Hook

Main role

Male/Female

Stage age: Adult

6 Songs
Outwardly, Hook is a classic villain. However, underneath this delightfully evil exterior lies a weak, washed up coward who hides behind an unemotional and controlling façade. Hook is Peter’s nemesis and detests Peter’s confidence and natural charisma. The actor playing Hook must be a strong singer and character actor. Additionally, he must be fit and have the ability to master stage combat.


Mr. Darling/Pirate Flint

Supporting role

Male

Stage age: Adult

5 Songs
A good actor is required to play Mr Darling, a stern and unimaginative but loving father. Mr. Darling also doubles as one of the Pirates in Neverland so requires good singing ability.


Mrs. Darling/Blue Star

Main role

Female

Stage age: Adult

6 Songs
Mrs. Darling is graceful, warm, and motherly – exactly what one would presume Wendy’s mother to be. Mrs. Darling is a featured role with solo singing. The actor must have a maternal presence and a beautiful singing voice. Mrs. Darling will double as Blue Star (a Brave Girl) so she will need to be a good mover.


Liza/Golden Eagle

Supporting role

Female

Stage Age: adult

6 Songs
The Darling’s Housekeeper who always seems to be in a bit of a frenzy as she tries to keep everyone pleased. This is a great cameo role for a young actor who can make strong character choices. The person playing Liza will double as a Brave Girl so will need to be a good mover.


Nana the dog/Crocodile

Supporting role

Male/Female

Stage age: N/A

2 Songs +
These are both non-speaking roles to be played by the same actor, who must be agile and able to express animal emotions with his or her body. If performance timings allow, this performer will also join in with the pirate crew ensemble.


Tiger Lily

Main role

Female

Stage age: 16-18

6 Songs
She is the leader of the Brave Girls. Tiger Lily is kind, brave and confident. She must possess a personality that is in contrast to Wendy’s sweet demeanour. She must be a proficient mover with the ability to convey character and emotion through movement. Strong dance and singing ability is required. Dance or gymnastic ability would be a plus in this role.


Smee

Main role

Male/Female

Stage age: Adult

7 Songs
Captain Hook’s right-hand man, Smee is a jovial, simple, and loveable sidekick. He is a comedic character in direct contrast to Hook in appearance and physical stature. Requires a strong singing, acting and comedic timing.


Lost Boys Ensemble

Supporting role

Male/Female

Stage age: 10-15

9 Songs
All Lost Boys are male characters which can be played by either boys or girls. This group has the most stage time of all the ensemble groups. Within this group there are 5 speaking/singing roles and 5 non-speaking roles. The Lost Boys are an adventurous gang of misfits who have been abandoned by or run away from their mothers. They live with Peter in Neverland and originally share his desire to never grow up. They are a group of distinct and unique personalities. These strong personalities demand strong actors who are able to move and have stage presence and energy. Singing and movement are important attributes for these roles.

Pirates Ensemble

Supporting role

Male/Female

Stage age: Teens-Adult

7 Songs
A group of Captain Hook’s henchmen. These men believe they are sinister and cunning but are actually a comical band of buffoons. They are continuously out-smarted and out-maneuvered by the Lost Boys and resort to dance to spark their creative juices. Within this group of pirates 4 who all have small speaking/singing parts and 5 other non-speaking Pirate roles All actors playing these roles must be good singers and able to move but even more importantly need to show strong comedic timing.


Brave Girls Ensemble

Supporting role

Female

Stage age: 10 - 18

6 Songs
The Brave Girls are a group of Neverland inhabitants. They are a fun bunch of girls who are as strong as they are kind. As they are the featured dancers/movers of the show it is preferable that they are proficient movers with the ability to convey character and emotion through movement. Dancing or gymnastic ability would be a plus. They only sing as a group but must be able to sing in tune.

 

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