The origin of Peter Pan comes to life on stage
Christian Brothers High School’s Theatre Department will present “Peter and the Starcatcher” in the George Cunningham ’40 Performing Arts Center, November 15-24, 2019.
Based on the 2004 book by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson, “Peter and the Starcatcher” was adapted for the stage and presented on Broadway in 2011. Written by Rick Ellis with music by Wayne Barker, this prequel to the “Peter Pan” story brings to life the origins of all the familiar characters in a story-theatre style where the ensemble of actors takes on multiple roles and are forefront in the physical creation of the stage magic.
Taking on the central role of Peter is Cooper Davey ’22. His arch nemesis known as the Pirate Stache, who has yet to lose his right hand to a crocodile, will be played by Spencer Fitzpatrick ’20. Leading Peter and the Lost Boys through adventures on sea and the magical island of Neverland, is Molly, played by Aela Veerkamp ’21. Peter doesn’t know it yet, but Molly will one day be the mother of Wendy, John and Michael Darling, the children who fly out the window with Peter in years to come.
The ensemble of 20 who take on the many other pirates, island natives, mermaids and other magical characters include Carson Bates ’20, Josiah Foster ’23, Aela Veerkamp ’21, Racine Strong ’21, Kate Ruecker ’23, Jacqulynne Sample ’22, Tim Warford ’21, Bill Rockas ’21, Brandt Porteus ’20, Colin Smith ’21, Joshua Tarver ’21, Andres Zeller-Marquez ’21, Koda Smith ’20, Will Tuschinski ’21, Jacey Greco ’20, Caroline Kramer ’23, Anna Deukmejian ’23 and Grace Cowan ’22.
The George Cunningham ’40 Performing Arts Center is an exciting edition to the CBHS campus – including a comfortable, state-of-the-art theater with adjacent band and choir classrooms. The building opened in April 2014 with the inaugural production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
The CB Theatre Department was nominated for 17 Elly Awards this past year and won 8, including Best Overall Production of a Play.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” runs November 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7 p.m. with matinees on November 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased in advance on the Christian Brothers website via the Ticket Hub. There is assigned seating for this production.