STAR WARS: The Panto Strikes Back

By Nick Schweitzer

Directed by Steve Noll

Journey to a galaxy far, far away… and discover slapstick humor, corny jokes, and silly song parodies! This original twist on the classic sci-fi films will delight kids and adults alike. Cheering for the heroes and booing for the baddies is strongly encouraged in this family-friendly holiday treat!

Produced by Mercury Players Theater at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: December 21-30, 2018

Performance Times:
Friday, December 21 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 22 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 23 @ 2:00pm
Thursday, December 27 @ 7:00pm
Friday, December 28 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 29 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 30 @ 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: KIDS 12 and Under: $10 General Admission: $20 Students and Seniors: $18

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Start time: 7:00pm (both nights)
Location: Bartell Theater, 113 East Mifflin Street, Madison WI

At auditions, actors will read from the script and participate in improvisational activities, including singing an impromptu ditty. No advance preparation or sheet music is necessary.


Princess Leia – played by a man
Luke – played by a woman
Han Solo – (as Indiana Jones)
Obi Wan Cannoli

Lando – Played by a woman, must be played by a person of color
Mr. Miyoda

R2D2 (possible non-speaking role, “dialogue” will be done with sound effects)

Darth Vader

Uncle Owen – (Uncle Henry, dressed as in The Wizard of Oz)
Aunt Beru – (Auntie Em, dressed as in The Wizard of Oz)

Teddy, a small teddy bear

Ensemble parts including:
Bartender, Singer, Jabba, Rebel Commander, Empress, Admirals, Stormtroopers, Rebels, Jawas and Ewoks.

All parts open, and all parts may be cast gender-neutral and race-neutral. While there are some preferences for gender listed, final casting will be based on the actors at auditions. There is a completed Script, but actors will be asked to help write additional dialogue, jokes, songs or other ways to enhance it. This is not a requirement to be cast, however.