The next production in our 2023 season is Peter and the Starcatcher.

Check back on this page later on for audition information about Little Shop of Horrors (performances October-November 2023, auditions in August).

Peter and the Starcatcher

The Theatre Company of Saugus will present Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. Based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, it presents the origin stories of Peter Pan and Wendy. The play includes a few songs.

The TCS production is directed by Matthew Garlin, stage managed by Ally Lewis, with musical direction by Ben Tan.

The performance dates will be May 12-13-14 and 19-20-21, 2023 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:000 PM).

Auditions will be on Sunday 12 February and Monday 13 February 2023, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The Callback audition will be on Wednesday 15 February 2023 at 7:00 PM.

The location for auditions, rehearsals, and performances is the American Legion Post 210 / 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906. See our Directions page.

Rehearsals will begin in March and will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Rehearsal days and times will be determined based somewhat on cast conflicts.

Sign up here for a 10-minute audition slot.

Initial auditions will consist of providing a comedy monologue showcasing your talent and ability. It does not have to be memorized.

If you are called back, it will include cold readings from the script, some singing and dancing, and a little improvisation!

This is what you need to bring to the audition:

  • Prepare a comedy monologue showcasing your talent and ability. It does not have to be memorized.
  • Fill out the Audition Form and Calendar with all conflicts and potential conflicts listed. If you don’t fill it out in advance, paper copies will be available at the audition.
  • Headshot and resume, if available
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination
  • Mask. You may remove your mask when reading your monologue.

Click here for the Audition Form and conflict calendar.

All participants will wear masks at all times, except during the performances and the final rehearsals.  Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all auditioners. The audience will be masked.

If you are unable to attend any of the audition sessions in person, you may submit a video of yourself . Before submitting a virtual audition, contact us.

To request a virtual audition, or for more information, please email

Character Descriptions for Peter and the Starcatcher

All characters, except for Molly Aster, will be gender-blind casted and thus open to all genders, races, and sexual orientation. All casting is open to all abilities and body types.

The Orphans

Boy: A nameless, homeless, and friendless boy at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end, Peter is brave and competitive, a survivor, and someone the other boys come to look up to. More than anything in the world he wants a home and a family. He doesn’t trust adults and, thus, never wants to grow up to be one. If he could grow up, he’d fall for Molly.

Prentiss:  Ambitious, logical, and a little bit older than Peter, Prentiss wants to be the leader but he knows he will never be one.

Ted:  Called “Tubby” by Prentiss because of his obsession with food, Ted is the most talented of the boys, an easy wit, a natural actor.  He is fed up with Prentiss, but hungry for companionship.

The British Subjects

Lord Leonard Aster:  The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, Lord Aster is a loyal subject of the queen, devoted father, and faithful friend.

Molly Aster:  Thirteen-year old girl and a natural leader, Molly was raised to believe females can do anything males can. She is fearless, curious, passionate, and devoted to her father, her country, her Queen, and the cause of the Starcatchers.

Mrs. Bumbrake:  Molly’s nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake is British through and through, no-nonsense, and not afraid of anything; but she likes a good time. She still has girlish charm, even though she’s older.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott:  Commander of the fastest ship in Queen Victoria’s fleet, The Wasp, Captain Scott is an old schoolmate of Lord Aster.

Grempkin:  Mean and nasty, Grempkin is the schoolmaster from St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys.

The Seafarers Aboard The Wasp

The Black Stache:  A ruthless, heartless pirate captain who captures The Wasp, Black Stache started shaving at age ten. He is proud of his magnificent facial hair and is partial to the poetical and the theatrical.

Smee:  First mate to Black Stache, Smee is simple-minded and single-minded to his captain’s every whim.

Sanchez:  A hard-working Spanish pirate, Sanchez has an identity crisis.

Aboard The Neverland

Bill Slank:  A vicious captain with no ability to lead his crew, Slank is also an orphan. He is cruel to Peter and the boys and would sell his own mother for a ship to command.

Alf:  An old seadog who is far more proud of his rank of “Mister” than he should be, Alf is always in search of a damsel, any damsel.

Mack:  A very bad sailor, Mack wants to be anywhere else but under Bill Slank’s command.

The Mollusks

Fighting Prawn:  King of the Mollusk natives and the son of Jumbo Prawn and Littleneck Clam, Fighting Prawn is kidnapped by British sailors and brought in chains to England where he served as a sous-chef. Since returning to his island kingdom, he has vengefully murdered any English person who dared set foot on his island.

Hawking Clam:  Son of Fighting Prawn.

Teacher:  Formerly a salmon, Teacher is now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid.