Peter and the Starcatcher Soar in Los Angeles
We all know that Peter Pan never grew up, but did you ever wonder
what made him the way he was or why he chose to live on the fringes of reality and fantasy? In "Peter and the Starcatcher,"
you'll finally get the story behind Peter Pan — what made him tick and why he chose to live out his days in Neverland. "Peter
and the Starcatcher" abounds in fantasy, suspense and humor, with breathtaking stage effects, a riveting plot and a tug-at-your-heartstrings
ending. It offers an unforgettable theatrical experience for people of all ages — whether they've grown up or remained as
perennially youthful as Peter Pan.
"Peter and the Starcatcher" is actually a prequel to the story of
Peter Pan. We meet a young street orphan, Boy, whose dream is to recover a hoard of magical stardust from a band of wicked
sea captains. Along the way, he is befriended by a motherless girl, Molly, who helps him on his quest. As the action moves
to shipboard, we're treated to spectacular special effects, as well as a few surprises and even transformations. We learn
how Captain Black Stache really loses his hand and evolves into the nefarious Captain Hook. We also learn how Boy reinvents
himself and becomes Peter Pan, a being who lives for adventure, and in doing so, refuses to grow up.
national touring production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" stars Joey de Bettencourt as the Boy and Megan Stern as Molly.
Also in the touring company is John Sanders, who reprises his Broadway role as Captain Black Stache. Sanders is also known
to theater audiences for his performances in Broadway's "Matilda," as well as in the national tour of "Mamma Mia!"
The play is based on the original children's novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," which was written by humorist Dave Barry
and mystery writer Ridley Pearson. The novel became a best-seller, prompting Barry and Pearson to follow it up with a number
of sequels. These novels, as well as the play, use characters taken directly from J.M. Barrie's classic 1904 play, "Peter
"Peter and the Starcatcher" is co-directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Rees, who is more
familiar to audiences as a virtuoso stage actor, is best-known for playing the lead in the legendary 1980 Broadway production
of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby." Timbers is known for his innovative direction in productions such as the
punk rock opera "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
In spite of its many roles, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
has a cast of only 12 actors, with many of them playing a wide variety of characters. Although the play takes place in Victorian
England, the dialogue and storyline are fresh and innovative enough to resonate with contemporary audiences. In addition to
a wealth of humorous anachronisms, the production also features a number of appealing stage devices, such as the opening scene
where the actors come out and speak directly to the audience, thus breaking down the traditional theatrical "fourth wall."
and the Starcatcher" is currently on its U.S. national tour, which runs through June 2014, with scheduled performances in
Los Angeles. This engagement will include both evening and matinee shows, and the total running time is two hours and 15 minutes.
If you don't want to miss the play, look for Peter and the Starcatcher Los Angeles tickets online to find specific dates,
showtimes and ticket availability.