"When I was a boy, I wished I could fly." — From “Peter and the Starcatcher”
A theatrical adaption of the popular Broadway production “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be presented by local theatre group Stage 2 during a reservations-only dessert theatre.
The prequel to the popular children’s story “Peter Pan” by playwright J.M. Barrie will be presented at Meridian Community College’s Workforce Development Center Feb. 16, 18 and 19 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 17 for a 2 p.m. matinee. Desserts will be delivered by Character Servers at intermission. Critics have applauded this multi-Tony winner for turning the well-known legend of Peter Pan “on its head with a madly theatrical and ingenious reboot of how a lonely orphan became ‘The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.’” A dozen or so actors play more than 100 hundred characters, employing inspired stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.
“‘Peter and the Star Catcher’ was conceived as story theater, a type of theatrical presentation in which an ensemble of actors plays multiple roles and provides narration to tell a story (i.e., create the set and physicalize the circumstances of the play),” Stage 2 Director Susie Johnson said.
“Many of us have fond memories of putting on a show with ‘found objects’ — there’s not a harness nor elaborate backdrop to be found in ‘Star Catcher!’” Johnson said. “It’s clever, funny, and refreshing!”
The highly inventive and entertaining play was written by Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys,” “Addams Family’) based on the 2004 novel by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson. While the play’s content is appropriate, Broadway suggests that it will be most appreciated by ages 10 and above. The cast for the Stage 2 production includes: Caroline Prewitt (Molly Aster), Ahmed Pasha (Boy/Peter), Nyk Shuler (Ted), Mary Margaret Freeman (Prentiss), Luke Thomas (Black ‘Stache), James Prewitt (Lord Leonard Aster), Austin Franklin (Smee), A.D. Bishop (Alf), Darryl Johnson (Mrs. Bumbrake), Nathan Metcalf (Slank). Grace Brown (Sanchez, Mermaid Teacher), Joseph Hertel (Robert Falcon Scott), Abigail Averick (Fighting Prawn), Kaydence Patton (Hawking Clam), Maggie Grace Triplett (Grempkin, Mack), and Eli McDonald, Lanie Smith, Katie Miles.
Assisting Johnson are Apryl Sharp, Sarah Benton, Shelby Gibson, Bryce Axtell, and Tanner Goldman.
Desserts will be delivered by character servers during the play’s intermission. Table and food coordinators are Nancy Gibson and Holly Triplett.
Seating is limited for the production and reservations are required. Tickets are $20 per person. For reservations, call Lynette Cooksey at 601-481-9989.