The producers of the tour announced on April 8 that they will audition the roles of Wendy, Michael, John — the Darling children — and hapless pirate Smee via video on YouTube.
"Children and adults from across the USA will have an opportunity to audition on YouTube for starring roles in the upcoming national tour," according to a statement from producers.
Candidates would have to audition at the callbacks in person, of course. The wording of the casting notice would seem to leave wiggle room that allows for actors beyond the YouTube call to be cast in these pivotal roles. The children Wendy, John and Michael, and the adult Smee, are non-dance roles.
For detailed audition information visit www.peterpancasting.com.
In addition, according to a statement, "The YouTube video with the most views will win four tickets to see Peter Pan at Madison Square Garden, a backstage meet-and-greet with Cathy Rigby, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly with Cathy across the stage."
Opening at Virginia's Wolf Trap in September, Peter Pan (with a script by James M. Barrie and songs by Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap and Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne) will embark on a two-year national tour. Directed by Glenn Casale, this revised revival of the 1954 musical has played Broadway, won an Emmy Award for a TV version, and earned Tony Award nominations for the production and for Rigby.
See Playbill.com's fall 2010 story about actress-gymnast Rigby's 2011 return to the role of the boy who wouldn't grow up.