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Peter and the Starcatcher Tempe Tickets

Peter and the Starcatcher Tempe Tickets

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Sprinkle yourself with stardust, as it is time for Tempe audiences to live in a world of make believe at a showing of Peter and the Starcatcher. The winner of five Tony Awards is playing at the ASU Gammage. There is no doubt that audiences will enjoy being metaphorically transported to the British Empire, while sitting in the last publicly commissioned building by the renowned Frank Llyoyd Wright. Catch a matinee or evening showing with the boy name Peter. Peter and the Starcatcher has become a play that will never get old.


Plot

If you are familiar with the animated motion picture, Peter Pan, then you already know a little bit about Peter and the Starcatcher. The play is an adaptation of a novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The story, which was adapted by Rick Elice, takes audiences back in time to discover the origin of Peter. The audience is introduced to an ensemble of actors at the start of the first act. The group speaks directly to the audience to provide both a synopsis to set the tone and encouragement to use imagination to help set the story in the early British Empire. Snap! An actor clicks his fingers and the entire stage and audience is transported to a port. On the docks, there is sneakiness that takes place regarding an incredibly important trunk that was meant for the Queen's ship and a handful of orphaned boys are sold and led aboard a ship of pirates set for Neverland. There is trouble brewing on and off the ships at sea, leaving a young orphan boy to fight as a man, but remain a boy forever. The second act begins with the sight and sound of mermaids singing a lively tune of their origin. That is, once upon a time, the mermaids were transformed from fish to the enchanting new form. It is a mermaid in the second act that tells Peter about magic "stardust" that makes dreams come true. By being a proverbial man, in an effort to save the trunk and help his new friends complete a mission, Peter dunks himself in the magical dust. In spite of his heroic efforts, he will remain a boy forever.


Trivia

Peter and the Starcatcher is considered to be a prequel to the story Peter and Wendy (audiences may recognize it as "Peter Pan"), written by Sir James Matthew (J. M.) Barrie. Mr. Barrie was a well-known dramatist and author from Scotland, where he first wrote of a boy named Peter in the novel, The Little White Bird. Barrie's breakthrough play, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, was that which inspired Peter and the Starcatcher. Peter, as depicted originally by the Scottish author, was inspired by a family of boys with whom Barrie met in Kensington Gardens and unofficially adopted following the passing of their parents, according to the film Finding Neverland. It has also been said that that the author got the idea from having lost his brother when he was young. His older brother passed away while ice-skating.

For audiences who love the Walt Disney Pictures classic, Peter Pan, there is a motion picture entitled, Peter and the Starcatchers, in development. The film is written by Jesse Wigutow, directed by Gary Ross and produced by no other than Disney.


Cast

The touring cast of Peter and the Starcatcher includes: John Sanders as Black Stache, Megan Stern as Molly, Joey Debettencourt as Boy/Peter, Nathan Hosner as Lord Aster, Jimonn Cole as Slank, Luke Smith as Smee, Lee Zarrett as Fighting Prawn, Harter Clingman as Alf, Ian Michael Stuart as Captain Scott, Edward Tournier as Ted, Carl Howell as Prentiss, Benjamin Schrader as Mrs. Bumbrake. The Boy/Peter is initially introduced as a nameless orphan. One who distrusts adults and evolves into the hero of the play. Molly is a young starcatcher apprentice who badly wants attention and accolades from her father by following in his starcatching footsteps. Lord Leonard Astor is the father of Molly and professional starcatcher, who is more concerned with getting the trunk to its destination than his daugther. Black Stache is a wise Pirate who found logic in seeking an enemy to become the great villain to which he aspires. Smee is the one-and-only first mate of Black Stache. Ted is one of the Boy/Peter's orphaned pals, who desperately wanting a mother, develops an attachment toward Molly as that motherly figure. Prentiss is another one of Peter's companions who is quite sarcastic due to his inability to become the leader of the orphaned boys. Mrs. Bumbrake is the Molly's nanny, a bit of a Mary Poppins. Lastly, there is a salty dog by the name of Alf who lives aboard the Neverland ship and Captain Scott, the leader of the Wasp. In addition to the characters listed above, there is an ensemble cast that portrays narrators, mermaids, islanders and a whole cast of other creatures.


Producers

Peter and the Starcatcher premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009. It then opened Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011, prior to its premiere on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. After an impressive 319 performances, it closed in January 2013 and quickly reopened Off-Broadway at the New Word Stages in Spring 2013. Now, it is on a national tour. The tour's creative cast includes: Rick Elice (Playwright), Roger Rees (Director), Alex Timbers (Director), Wayne Baker (Composer), Steven Hoggett (Movement), Donyale Werle (Set Design), Paloma Young (Costume Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design) and Darron L. West (Sound Design) and other incredibly individuals who are equally apart of the exemplary group. The tour is made possible by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes and the Disney Theatrical Group. The creative team and cast have done a magnificent job on tour to catch the attention of its audiences and embark on an imagination-filled journey to the genesis of the boy that never grew up.

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