Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Peter and the Starcatcher from December 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy by providing a deeper understanding of the events leading to an orphan becoming the infamous Peter Pan.
In the Tony Award-winning musical, young starcatcher apprentice Molly Aster enlists the help of three orphan boys to return a trunk of precious starstuff to her father. Pursued by a mustached pirate captain, a giant crocodile, and angry mollusks, the children must come face to face with the scariest enemy of all–their looming adulthood.
Peter and the Starcatcher features a dozen actors playing over 100 roles. Stephen James Anthony returns to Orlando Shakes as Peter, following his performance as Smike in 2014’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Orlando Shakes newcomer Katrina Michaels joins the cast as the spunky Molly Aster. Most recently, she was seen as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Broward Stage Door Theatre. Also new to Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Perry Ojeda takes on the villainous role of Black Stache. He appeared as Gaby in Broadway’s On the Town.
Additional casting includes Mark Ferrera as Smee, Paul Bernardo as Lord Leonard Aster, Chris Mixon as Alf, Stephen Lima as Grempkin/Mack, Topher Embrey as Ted, James Putnam as Prentiss, Larry Daggett as Mrs. Bumbrake, Mark Rimer as Bill Slank/Hawking Clam, and Kenny Babel as Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
Peter and the Starcatcher will be directed by Michael Carleton (last season’s A Christmas Carol, as well as Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker), with musical direction by Lulu Picart and choreography by Kim Ball. The Orlando Shakes artistic team also includes Set Designer Bert Scott, Lighting Designer Eric T. Haugen, Costume Designer Jack Smith, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky.
Regular performances Tuesdays through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Previews are Dec 2-3, with Opening Day Dec 4, with a free party and pre-show chat for ticket holders. Senior matinees are Dec 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 2pm. There will be a $25 under 35 performance Dec 18, and a Talk Back performance Dec 20 at 2pm.
Tickets for previews and senior matinees are $15-$28. Regular performances are $30-$55. $10 discounts with valid ID for students and active/retired military.
Tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street).
[Photo courtesy Orlando Shakespeare Theater/Landon St. Gordon, photographer]
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