Peter and the Starcatcher

Richard Worae, Staff Writer

Many are familiar with the 1953 Disney adaptation of Peter Pan, and while the original story is great, many people have questions about how the mischievous young boy came to be. Peter and the Starcatcher is a prequel to the original novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The script for this prologue was written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. The play follows the beginning of Peter Pan’s journey, and the trials he faced before he became Peter Pan. Ms Hannah Amundson and her cast have spent months putting the play together for the community, and the actors are excited as the opening night approaches.
The show will be produced in the main theater, but to create a more personal setting the audience members will be seated on the main stage instead of in the house seats, while the actors are performing in the center. With the story taking place on an island shore, the smaller stage fits well in the storytelling of each scene. Junior Piper Somer, plays Teacher, and feels that the new staging will create an interesting setting “because [they’re] doing a black box setup; the audience will be seated on the stage … [so the cast has] a smaller play stage to work with.” She believes that though the stage is smaller, “It also gives [the production team] more advantages in lighting and set design”.
Since the beginning of rehearsals, the actors have been excited to perform. From September to November the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher has worked hard to perfect and improve their parts. Junior Emma Woodward, plays Molly Aster, the leading female in the show. She says that she is, “really excited to [perform]. It’s been great, the rehearsal process has been really great for the show too.” Emma is not the only actor who feels this way. Junior Jasmine Erbes plays Ted, an orphan boy who accompanies Peter, and she has been a fan of Peter Pan for a long time. “When I got into middle school I saw the live version of Peter Pan, and I fell in love with [it],” Erbes shared. After finding out Peter and the Starcatcher was the prequel to the original she “flipped”. The commitment from each actor is evident in the excitement and energy they will bring November 16th.