Arena Dinner Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher
- Dates: December 1, 2017 - December 16, 2017
Peter and the Starcatcher (Comedy with Music)
A Play by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson
Directed by Gloria Minnich
November 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 2017
(*2:00PM Sunday matinee)
Audition Dates October 1 & 2, 2017
11 Men, 1 Woman
Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Inc.
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). This is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novel. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.
"Peter and the Starcatcher is all about storytelling as a lively (and live) art, and the energized complicity that s forged between the teller and the listener. ...The story simultaneously being told and celebrated is as elaborate, simple, cozy and scary as the best bedtime stories are."
– The New York Times
"Peter and the Starcatcher is a tiny show, but spectacle, wit, and joy spill out of it like treasure from a magic pocket. A cast of twelve, a couple of trunks, and a versatile length of rope yield more storytelling than most oversize spectaculars can manage. ... A miniature classic."
– New York Magazine
"Beaming with dizzy humor and delightful stage magic, Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher is a big dipperful of fun. ...Peter Pan will never grow up. But his origin story has matured nicely."
– New York Daily News
"Clever and joyous entertainment.... A celebration of youth and of the power of theater to inspire children and adults alike."