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An Awfully Big Adventure
Dacha Theatre

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  • An Awfully Big Adventure
  • Dacha Theatre
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Open to All
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: May 20, 2017
  • Project Ends: Aug 5, 2017
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  • Contact Person: Mike Lion
  • Primary Phone: 603-727-2915
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  • APPOINTMENT REQUIRED

    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Submission instructions:
    Please submit headshot, resume, and your preferred audition slot to dachatheatre@gmail.com

Seeking actors, dancers, movers and artists of all backgrounds and disciplines!

“An Awfully Big Adventure” is a devised, immersive exploration of “Peter Pan.” This story is full of big emotions – feelings which, while easily accessible to children, we as grown-ups tend to reserve for very special occasions. We want our audience to go on “An Awfully Big Adventure” like a child would, with outsized wonder and terror and despair and joy; to return home talking about Never Never Land, rather than a play they saw in a small suburban park.

The process will start on May 20th with three weeks of intense devising work.
Tech starts on July 13th, and the show opens July 21st and runs for three weekends until August 5th.

What does it mean for our show to be devised?
As an ensemble we will start from J. M Barrie’s original novel and work to create our version of the Darling family and the Never Land inhabitants. We will fold in the influences that inspire those big emotions in us, from Shakespeare, to Pacific Northwest folklore, to our favorite lullabies; drawing from dance, music, installation, and text to build a world in which audiences will be as engaged in the arc of an unnamed pirate as they are in Peter Pan. The ensemble will write, develop characters, create movement pieces, and generate material together for three weeks, which will then be synthesized into a script by the director and dramaturg.

What does it mean for our show to be immersive?
The show will take place outdoors, in and around a small suburban park. Audiences will sometimes be restricted to watching a single scene, but they will also be able to freely explore Never Land and choose which characters they want to follow. Through the devising process we will create opportunities for the audience to engage directly with the characters and become part of the world.

 

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Many of the characters will be expanded or combined through the devising work. We are casting a large ensemble of performers who are ready to play and create together. People with dance and physical theater backgrounds are encouraged to audition.

Below are the character descriptions from the novel “Peter Pan.” These are jumping off points; all roles are open to people of different races, gender identifications, ages and experience levels. We are excited to work with a diverse ensemble that is ready to make the characters their own.

The Darlings:
Mother (Doubled with Captain Hook)  —  A loving woman, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth.
Father  — One of those deep ones who know about stocks and shares.
Nana — A prim Newfoundland dog and a treasure of a nurse.
Wendy — The eldest Darling. Knows such lots of stories.
John — The middle Darling. Quite a practical boy.
Michael — The little Darling. Of a suspicious nature.

The Lost Boys:
Peter Pan — There was never a simpler happier family until the coming of Peter Pan.
The Boys — Children who fall out of their perambulators.
(3-4 Actors)

The Crew of the Jolly Roger:
Captain Hook - Frightfully proud, the only woman that the Sea-Cook fears. Eyes that have profound melancholy save when plunging her hook into you. Hungry.
Smee — Makes pleasant names for everything, including their cutlass. Lovable.
The Pirates -  Also hungry. 
(3-4 Actors)

The Neverlandians:
Tinker Bell — A thousand times brighter than the night lights.
The Never Bird — Has a very short temper. It can see all of Never Land from the sky.
The Park Volunteers — On site planting, weeding, and watering.  They dream of a place where you can look out at the mountains. Hate litter.
The Beasts — Lions and wolves and mermaids and things.
(5-6 Actors)

Audition/Interview Dates:
Choose one of the following slots: April 26th 7pm-9pm, April 27th 7:30pm-9:30pm, April 29th 11am-1pm

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
April 30th 4pm-7pm

Audition Requirements:
You will be asked to stay for the entire two hours. We will be playing games, doing physical improvisations, and devising. Come prepared to move and play.

Monetary compensation:
This is an unpaid opportunity.

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