Casting Notice – Wendy & Peter Pan by Ella Hickson, based on the novel by JM Barrie

Wendy & Peter Pan poster - Poster for auditions for the 2018 fall production of Wendy & Peter Pan.Ohlone College's award-winning Theatre and Dance department is holding auditions for Wendy & Peter Pan by Ella Hickson, based on the novel by JM Barrie.

Synopsis

Ella Hickson's version of J.M. Barrie's much-loved story puts the character of Wendy firmly centre stage, in an adaptation that is refreshingly modern but never loses the charm of the original.

Winter 1908. Snow is falling across London. Wendy Darling and her brothers sleep peacefully in their bedroom, as their parents bicker downstairs. In a sudden flurry of snow their window blows open, and into their lives tumbles a mischievous boy called Peter, followed by a fractious fairy called Tink.

With the aid of a little fairy dust, Wendy agrees to fly with Peter to Neverland, seeing not only the promise of an awfully big adventure, but also the chance to rediscover the key to her parents' lost happiness. Once there, she will give the Lost Boys a run for their money, defeat Captain Hook and his pirate crew, and ultimately, learn what it means to grow up.

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ella Hickson's Wendy & Peter Pan premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in December 2013. It was revived by the RSC to sold out audiences in 2015.

Audition (22 roles)

  • Wednesday, May 9th at 6:00pm - 10:00pm 

    **Email auditions@ohlone.edu to set up an appointment
  • Drop-ins are also welcome
  • Callbacks will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 10:00am - 5:00pm

Where

Smith Center at Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont CA 94539

Prepare

90-second monologue of your choice. If possible, please use a British or Cockney accent.

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals start September 4th.
  • Rehearsals will mostly be held Monday-Thursday 6-10pm until we get closer to tech.

Performances

  • November 9-18
  • Thursday-Saturday performances at 8:00pm and Sunday performances at 2:00pm.
  • One matinee performance to be scheduled during the week.

A note on casting

Ohlone College does not discriminate based on perceived or actual race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disabilities, gender, or other protected characteristics. All performers will be given full consideration.

Some of the characters' ages as listed below are minors, but they will be played by adults.

Most of the roles will be open gender casting.

All roles are open.

Wendy & Peter Pan – Character Breakdown

  • Wendy – Protagonist. Smart, thoughtful, and caring. Becomes a strong leader.
  • John – Oldest brother 11. He wants to lead and is a risk taker.
  • Michael – Middle brother 10. He is the opposite of John. He is careful and wants to follow the rules.
  • Tom – Youngest brother 6. He wants to be brave and play with his older siblings.
  • Mrs Darling – Mother to Wendy, John, Michael, and Tom. Playful with her children at first. Then deals with the loss of her son.
  • Mr Darling – Father to Wendy, John, Michael, and Tom. Silly and spirited at first. Becomes serious after the loss of a son.
  • Doc Giles (Also plays the Crocodile) – Doctor who shows up when Tom is sick. Strong presence, quiet, and very ominous.
  • Peter Pan – Leader of the Lost Boys. Brave, but selfish. Always wants to play. Fears responsibility.
  • Tink – A fairy with an attitude. Loves Peter Pan and will do anything for him.
  • Tootles – One of the Lost Boys. Smaller than the other boys. Would give anything to be brave.
  • Nibs – One of the Lost Boys. Not confident enough to be a leader, but makes a great Second Captain.
  • Curly – One of the Lost Boys. Lovable and very much into his custard.
  • Slightly – One of the Lost Boys. Thinks he's a gentleman. Nothing if not trying to be proper.
  • Captain Hook – Antagonist. Leader of the pirates and ancient enemy of Peter Pan. Wants to think highly of himself, but has an existential crisis.
  • Smee – Pirate. Hook's loyal bosun. Genuinely loves Captain Hook and will do anything for him.
  • Doc Swain – Pirate. Believes he is sinister and cunning, but is actually a comical buffoon.
  • Knock-Bone Jones – Pirate. Believes he is sinister and cunning, but is actually a comical buffoon.
  • First Mate Murt the Bat – Pirate. Believes he is sinister and cunning, but is actually a comical buffoon.
  • Skylights – Pirate. Gets irritated by Martin, scared of Hook and kisses up to him.
  • Martin the Cabin Boy – Pirate. Fish out of water. Not cut out to be a pirate.
  • Tiger Lily – Strong warrior. Honorable and proud.
  • The Crocodile (Also plays Doc Giles) – A monster. Strong presence very ominous.

    Plus:
  • Shadows – Peter's shadows throughout the play.
  • Pirates – Members of Captain Hook's crew

About the Director

Michael Navarra directed Dog Sees GodProofJesus Christ SuperstarDraculaThe Illusion, the world premiere of Jeffrey Lo's Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for Ohlone College. These productions have all been honored with awards and accolades by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. For more information, please visit: www.michaelnavarra.com

The Illusion

“The Ohlone College Theatre & Dance Department's The Illusion is a wonderful production not to be missed… Michael Navarra artfully weaves his own magic over a play where the audience is constantly left wondering what is real and what is, well, illusion… In the hands of Navarra and his exceptionally strong cast and crew, Ohlone College Theatre & Dance manages to transport us seamlessly between an energetic, colorful Baroque France and a dark, dank cave full of sound and fury.”

—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Spending the End of the World on OkCupid

World Premiere by Jeffrey Lo

"Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, seamlessly directed by Michael Navarra and produced and performed by the talented cast and crew of Ohlone College Theatre and Dance department is a quick paced, thought provoking, visually hypnotic piece of entertainment."

—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

"The themes of power and control, courage and individuality, and the fight for dignity in the face of the ever pressing 'system' and evils of humanity are enduring subjects that Navarra and his cast bring powerfully to life. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest shows what great theatre is all about and is an experience that shouldn't be missed."

—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

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Dracula

"The audience feels as though they are sitting on stage with the actors, oftentimes with characters popping up among them or coming right up to them in their seats. Dracula purists are likely to be pleased with this adaptation; on-stage action is intense and engaging.”

—Jessica Noël Chapin, Tri-City Voice

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A woman looks worried. Dracula scrapes his chest.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

"Damn Impressive… Scrupulous staging…glitzy but lucid, not falling into the camp arena, as other productions tend to." 

—Anna Pulley, East Bay Express

"Raw and intense." 

—Jessica Noel Flohr, Tri-City Voice

"Michael Navarra and his creative team deserve extra credit for producing one of the most technically savvy and fully realized productions I have ever seen.” 

—Derek Martin, Adjudicator, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

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Proof

"Proof is a strong and sure-footed production…engaging from beginning to end."

—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

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Dog Sees God

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Finalist.

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