Walk into any given Peter and The Starcatcher rehearsal and one will find the cast working on ensemble building exercises. With a show like Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher, the only way for the show to run smoothly is with an in-sync, trusting cast. The play is based on the children’s novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The play follows thirteen-year old Molly Aster, a spunky girl who we later learn is the mother of the illustrious Wendy Darling. Molly is sailing to Rundoon with her father, although they are sailing on two different ships for safety reasons. Her father, Lord Aster, is a starcatcher under the rule of Queen Victoria. Molly desires nothing more than to be a starcatcher, someone who catches the bits of falling stars (starstuff), just like her father. Along their journey, the two meet a trio of orphaned boys, a duo of theatrical pirates, a colony of mollusk natives, and one hungry crocodile. The show features powerful themes such as feminism, a fear of growing up, and learning to find home in the most unlikely of places. The production is abstract, defying the rules of classic theatre.
The show is saturated in magical moments, quick-witted comedy, and a few heart-wrenching scenes. It requires only one thing from the audience: enough imagination to sail off to Neverland with the cast. Under the direction of Kody C. Jones, the show soars with brilliant blocking and a never-ending assortment of comedic bits. The cast consists of teenagers from all over Lee and Collier counties with grades ranging from 6th to 11th.
This fantastic conservatory production opens May 24th at 7:00 PM at the Florida Repertory Theatre! For tickets visit tickets.floridarep.org or call (239) 332-4488.