The Valley High School Drama Club will be holding auditions for the spring musical, Peter Pan on December 5, 2015. There will two sessions, a morning session set to start at 9:00am and an afternoon session set to start at 1:00pm. All auditioning students will be asked to sing music to accompaniment (no acapella music will be allowed - you must sing with music) , will be taught a short dance sequence and may be asked to read from the show script. If a student is planning on auditioning for a 'lead role,' they will need to have a musical selection prepared (preferably from the show). Please see below for character descriptions. For more information, please contact our staff at [email protected].
Peter Pan Character Descriptions
If you are planning on auditioning for one of the following characters, you must be prepared to sing with the piano (Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Hook, Mr./Mrs. Darling). Characters have suggested audition songs with downloadable sheet music and links to listen to each listed song. If you would prefer to prepare a song other than the song listed, that is OK as long as you have the sheet music for the pianist to accompany you with. Please see additional audition notes below.
A magical, arrogant boy who will never grow up. Many parents look at their children and wish, along with Mrs. Darling: “Oh, why can’t you remain like this forever!” And many children look at their parents with anxious appraisal and wish for the same thing. Peter Pan is the wish come true. Like all abstractions, he is in equal parts wonderful and terrifying. His immortality and wildness carry him to the dazzling limits of experience, but they take him away from its center, a safe, warm, and secluded place like the nursery. Peter has no fears, so he feels no desire for safety, and he has no memory, so he doesn’t understand change or loss. And there is something else he does not have, though it is an emptiness that is more difficult to name. For convenience, J. M. Barrie calls it ‘heartlessness’, because without it there can’t be anything like love. Vocal Range: Alto/Tenor
The eldest Darling child, a “tidy,” practical girl with a soft spot in her heart for orphaned or abandoned creatures. From an early age, Wendy seems naturally disposed to care for others. When the lost boys tell her that they need “a nice motherly person,” Wendy replies happily, “I feel that is exactly what I am”: she is clearly delighted to complete this symmetry, to be no more and no less. But we also catch glimpses of a very different Wendy, hiding awkwardly behind the “motherly person.” This other Wendy tries over and over for the ‘kiss’ in the corner of Mrs. Darling’s mouth, the kiss she “could never get,” though Peter takes it without trying. She wants to fly and play with mermaids and say “funny things to the stars.” And when she has grown into the mother she was always becoming, the other Wendy wants desperately for the “woman” whom she now lives inside to “let go” of her. Perhaps that desire will one day turn into a hopeless, mysterious ‘kiss’ of her own, forbidden to her own daughter as her mother’s was forbidden to her. Vocal Range: Soprano/Alto
The pirates’ fearsome leader. When we first meet Hook, he is a classic storybook villain: evil, hairy, and merciless, cruel even to his own crew. He despises Peter and the other children, and dreams of killing them all. Yet from the very beginning we are made to understand that Hook is not quite an ordinary pirate. His greatest viciousness is expressed via politeness, his eyes are an intelligent, “melancholy” blue, and on close examination he looks like a distant member of the British royal family. Before Hook was a pirate, he belonged to a well-known family and attended a prestigious high school. His love for piracy and senseless violence is tempered by a nostalgia for simple ordinary propriety, for a sense of belonging in conventional society. Like the Darling children and the lost boys, he secretly longs to return to the real world, dreary as it may be. Vocal Range: Baritone
The children’s mother, and the narrator’s favorite, Mrs. Darling is a lovely, cheerful woman with a mysterious “kiss” in the corner of her mouth, like some leftover childhood magic. She adores her children and loves to care for them, and pines away when they leave her. To see them come home again is her greatest happiness. Vocal Range: Alto/Soprano
A fussy, responsible family man. In the beginning of the story, Mr. Darling is always very practical, concerned primarily with money and keeping up appearances. Though he is sometimes childish and insecure, he demands respect from his wife and children, and usually they happily oblige him. But sometimes, when his feelings are hurt, he loses his temper and acts unfairly. He changes quite a lot after the children fly away: his guilt makes him re-examine his behavior and values, and he becomes more cheerful, easy-going, and sentimental, even “quixotic.” Missing his children brings him back to his own childhood.
The middle Darling child. John tends to be cautious and conservative, a little ill-tempered, and sometimes cowardly. Wendy tells us that he “despises” girls, and he somewhat resents Peter for his kingly manner. In some ways, he greatly resembles Mr. Darling – he is precocious in the pettier aspects of manhood. Vocal Range: Tenor
The youngest Darling child, dreamy, sweet, sleepy, and forgetful. He takes to the magic of Neverland more easily than John, because he hasn’t been shaped as much by ordinary adult society. He adores his mother but quickly forgets her. Vocal Range: Tenor
A tiny fairy companion to Peter Pan, a beautiful girl with a voice like a bell and a very sharp tongue. She fixes kitchenware and loves Peter jealously and intensely. She despises any girl that lays claim on Peter’s affections, especially Wendy, and can be quite violent. She loves Peter so much that she almost dies to save his life.
Smee is the gentlest pirate; the rest are stupid, bloodthirsty, and generally loyal to their captain.
The beautiful young queen of the lost boy tribe.
The Lost Boys
Peter's friends and playmates. They, like Peter, are young and energetic. They are the kids you see playing in parks and schoolyards - who can create any world imaginable on a moment's notice. They are innocence, wonder and adventurous. Vocal Range: All
These folks (both guys and girls) represent the "adults" of the world who are out to take away the Lost Boys' youth - they want to "steal" their fun and make them grown-ups (in a way). We're playing them as bumbling fools - cuz everyone knows grown-ups are just idiots who can't do anything right! They are to be laughed at. But, man are these Pirates fun to play. Vocal Range: All.
What the script calls "Indians," we are calling Warriors. When Barrie wrote the story in 1902, he wanted a group that was "wild" and so he used the stereotype of Indians. But we won't use that. Our Warriors also represent the wild side, but our tribe will be global, each with hint elements of various countries - like China, Kenya, Sweden, Russia, Brazil, etc. They will communicate mostly through dance. Vocal Range: All.
Important Audition/Production Information
- The role of Peter Pan may be played by a male or a female. You must be willing to cut and/or color your hair to be considered for this role.
- Lost Boys, John and Michael may be played by males or females. You must be willing to cut and/or color your hair to be considered for this role.
- Peter, Wendy, John, Michael (and possibly Liza and Jane) will fly. You must be comfortable with heights and flying in order to be considered for this role. Additionally, fly rehearsals will be held with fly staff from ZFX April 1 - 3, and students cast in these roles MUST be available for each of these rehearsals. If you are not available these dates, you can not be considered for these roles.
- If you are not auditioning for one of the roles previously mentioned, you must still sing for the creative staff during auditions. While we prefer (and suggest) that anyone auditioning have sheet music to be played by the pianist, we will allow students to use karaoke or instrumental tracks to accompany their audition. No tracks with vocals will be accepted.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us via email at [email protected]. We can't wait to see you all on December 5th!