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“Peter and the Starcatcher” opens Thursday at PJC

Published or Revised November 06, 2018

Peter and the Starcatcher play

Having been captured by island natives (at top), the Mollusks, three boys are sentenced by the chief, Fighting Prawn, to be sacrificed to Mr. Grin, a crocodile. Hoping to lull the Mollusks to sleep in order to escape them, the boys perform a bedtime story, though they don’t know how it ends. Shown from left are Carlton Bell (Mollusk), Ethan Brown (Prentiss), Trenton Fells (Fighting Prawn), William French (Boy/Peter), Javian Dobbs (Mollusk), and Lucas Rolf (Teddy). Below, seamen/pirates include from left, at top, Inga Hodge and Javian Dabbs and below, Kat Tillman, Raden Phillips, and Chaston Tomlin.

A story about the origins of Peter Pan opens Thursday on the Duane Allen Stage in the Ray E. Karrer Theater, with performances of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 8-11, 2018.

The play opens with a young orphan and his friends shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that a mysterious trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates - led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own - the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

“This is the origin story that’s never been seen before,” said PJC drama instructor and director William Walker. “We see how Boy becomes Peter and then Pan. We also see how the ultimate in nemeses was created. Come and meet all the people who came before the Pan.”

The play by Rick Elice is based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; music is by Wayne Barker. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Tickets may be reserved through .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). General Admission is $15, seniors and children $10, or free with a current PJC ID.

Cast List includes William French as Boy/Peter, Kennedi Rickman as Molly Aster, Austen Naron as Black Stache, Raden Phillips as Smee/Greggors; Dana Stowell as Lord Aster; Daniel “D.B.” Bolton as Mrs. Bumbrake; Jimmie Sanders as Slank/Hawking Clam; Chaston Tomlin as Alf; Connor Bridges as Captain Scott; Ethan Brown as Prentiss; Lucas Rolf as Teddy; Trent Fells as Fighting Prawn/Grempkin/Mack/Sanchez; Robyn Huizinga as Teacher; and Pirates Carlton Bell, Vanessa Cooley, Javian Dabbs, Hannah England, Inga Hodge, Molly Law, Savanna James, Kat Tillman, Katlynn Trantham, and Candace Weist.

Production Crew includes Director and Light Designer Will Walker; Assistant Director Lisa Martin; Stage Manager and Lighting Board Operator Gisselle Benitez; Assistant Stage Manager Grace Marie Hignight; Technical Director Robyn R. Huizinga; Scene Painters: Huizinga, Benitez, Hannah England, Molly Law, Savanna James, and Andrea Doss; Sound Board Operator Udanti Rendsland; Spotlight Operators Alex Kerley, Amber Nelms, and Chasidy Trantham; and Front of House Cameron Faires.

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