Audition Monologues for Peter and the Starcatcher
Written by Amanda Grace
October 7th, 2020
If you’re shooting for a role in Rick Elice’s adaptation of the 2004 novel by Ridley Pearson and Dave Berry, these suggestions are as good as starstuff.
Auditioning for The Boy
In the play that makes him Peter Pan, we first meet The Boy in the dungeon of The Neverland, nameless but courageous and ready to lead his fellow Orphans in service of the King… or so he thinks. Quickly ready with a ruse and exploring the wide world for the first time ever, Peter grows into a truly magnanimous boy, sacrificing his future as a man to save his new friend.
Top-Secret Mission by Janet Milstein
Zachary, “Secret Agent Zalamar,” convinces his cosmic brother to help him dig up his action figures—a secret and sacred mission.
I Am a Shark by Tara Meddaugh
Jaime is at the beach, standing on the hot sand, imagining he is a shark. As a shark, he feels no pain—his skin is tough; he feels nothing.
Auditioning for Molly Aster
Whip-smart and kind, 13-year-old apprentice Starcatcher Molly Aster can placate lost boys with her bedtime stories and float in midair with the help of her magic amulet. She’s brave enough to save The Boy from drowning and brash enough to risk an entire trunk of starstuff—and her own life—in doing so.
From [Catherine (The Great] Dictionary Girl) by Alex Kump
Catherine is obsessed with words. As a young girl, she read through the entire dictionary. At the play’s opening, Catherine tells the audience about her lonely childhood… and her favourite words.
From Caliban’s Island by Diana Burbano
A girl named Vi is shipwrecked on an island, where she encounters Mira, a feisty, spirited, and magical young girl. After Vi comments on Mira’s poor treatment of her minuscule companion, Mira is prompted to explain the pitfalls of having a temperamental fairy as a friend.
Auditioning for Black Stache
Modeled after the infamous Captain in his pre-Hook years, Black Stache is as nefarious as he is gregarious, pursuing the spotlight with fervor. This pithy pirate dreams of becoming a notorious name; all he needs is a true hero to vanquish.
From From Denmark With Love by John J King
In this James-Bond-ian spoof of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the death of a father is made more scathing by a plot to destroy the world. Here, Claudius addresses the court about his recent marriage, taking the throne, and threat of war with Norway.
From The Devil is in the Details by Jill Elaine Hughes
Steve lurks in the dark basement hideaway of a criminal organization. He is a sinister-looking corpse wearing rumpled and dirty street clothes. Well, actually, he’s the devil in disguise.
Auditioning for Smee
Smee is the most committed first mate a pirate could ask for and often goes to comically extreme ends—including masquerading as a mermaid—to assist his left hand. He’s perhaps smarter than he is wise but dedicated all the same.
From Selling Love by A. D. Hasselbring
Roberts speaks to his soap-selling coworker Laurie, who has just revealed her aspiration to become a painter. The two find that they share a bond, and Roberts finds a moment to clear up a long-held misunderstanding in the middle of a frantic office competition.
From Friendlyville by Kevin Drzakowski
Friendlyville’s reluctant clown, Giggles, has turned up dead—apparently murdered. Jake Robertson, Friendlyville’s florist, is unexpectedly bestowed the dubious honor of eulogizing Giggles during a speedy impromptu funeral. At first, Jake struggles to find something meaningful to say about an unfunny clown, but he suddenly recalls a formative experience from Giggles’ childhood.
Auditioning for Lord Leonard Aster
Tasked by Queen Victoria to surreptitiously dispose of a trunk of starstuff, Molly’s father’s dedication to the cause can sometimes reveal a level of, shall we say, chronic over-preparedness. He has gone above and beyond to prepare Molly for the life of a Starcatcher, and now must trust his daughter to save the day.
From Hey Siri by Mary Weems
Mack is a Black Iraqi War Veteran who suffers from PTSD. He’s been so alienated since returning home upon his release that Siri is his only companion.
From Licking Batteries by Ellen Margolis
Conrad’s wife, Lucy, is currently in the hospital, and he has to take care of their 5-year-old daughter Lucy by himself whilst hiding the truth of why her mother is gone.
Auditioning for Ted
The Boy’s ravenous fellow orphan, “Tubby Ted” always has the stomach for a good treat… even puzzlingly prickly ones. He’s got a lot of room for love in his life and instantly takes to Molly, whom he calls “Mother.”
A Waste of a Totally Good Jelly Bean by Tara Meddaugh
Steven doesn’t mind sharing with his dad, but when he’s waited all year long to replenish his stock of jelly beans only to have his dad waste them by mixing all the flavors at once, it just doesn’t sit right with the boy.
Auditioning for Prentiss
Ted and The Boy’s slightly obnoxious fellow orphan is introduced to us as the self-proclaimed leader of the pack. However, when push comes to shove, Prentiss hasn’t exactly got the gall required.
Not Medicine! by Janet Milstein
Chas is feeling poorly, but he’d rather pretend he’s perfectly well than take his mother’s awful medicine.
Auditioning for Mrs. Bumbrake
Molly’s Nanny is English to the core and a lover of the language. Actually, the entire character of Mrs. Bumbrake is a love letter to English pantomime, perpetuating the travesti tradition of casting a male in drag to play the dame.
From An Irish Engagement by Walter Watts
Julia, recently promised to marriage by her father, asks her maid, Norah, what she would do with a gentleman if she had one. Norah has strong feelings on this subject.
Auditioning for Alf
Mrs. Bumbrake’s sailor counterpart, Alf is the most likable (and arguably experienced) crew member on The Neverland. When he’s not making unsubtle moves on the object of his desire, he’s scheming up clever ways to help save others from starvation, evil captains, and the open sea.
Have a Heart by Annie Wood
In this standalone piece, the actor speaks ardently about the first time they saw their partner and how they fell in love with him.
Auditioning for Fighting Prawn
In Act II, we leave the pirate ships behind to embark upon an island inhabited by the Mollusks. Fighting Prawn, their chief, is strong-willed and exacting in sacrificing every English person who sets foot on his people’s land after he was forced into slavery under the Crown—though he is not without mercy for the truly selfless.
From Henry IV, Part II by William Shakespeare
Northumberland has been incensed over losses sustained during the war of Shrewsbury—particularly that of his son, Percy. Today, the grief that once crippled him drives him to revenge.
Auditioning for Bill Slank
Bill Slank helms The Neverland, onto which he sneaks the Queen’s treasure, swapping it with the sand-filled decoy he was originally given to carry to Rundoon. He’s been paid by Lord Aster to watch after his daughter, but away from prying eyes, he’s a treasure-thieving meanie.
From The Schemings of Scapin by Timothy Mooney
Scapin, devious and impetuous, thrusts himself into complications, supremely confident in his ability to run intellectual circles around the repressive fathers of the two troubled lads he supports. Here, he reassures one of the pair, though things don’t always go as swimmingly as Scapin would hope.
Auditioning for Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Captain Scott was a real-life explorer in the Royal Navy, known for discovering the Antarctic Plateau—otherwise known as the home of the South Pole. In Elice’s book, pre-discovery Robert Falcon captains The Wasp for Lord Aster, who he’s known since boyhood.
From Hello, Goodbye, Peace by Gabriel Davis
A young engineer and inventor appeals to a group of scientists and investors for funds to support his revolutionary research.
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