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'Peter and the Starcatcher' on the stage of Kenan Auditorium Feb. 22 to 24
Posted 02/15/2018 02:06PM

Durham Academy Upper School is proud to present the Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher in Kenan Auditorium from Feb. 22 to 24. As described by licensing company Music Theatre International, 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). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. 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.”

While the original Broadway production employed a dozen actors to portray more than 100 unforgettable characters, the Upper School production utilizes the talents of 29 actors, supported by two musicians in the pit and a dozen members of the crew situated throughout the theatre.  More a play with music than a traditional musical, Peter and the Starcatcher is unlike anything previously staged at the Upper School. The imaginative and creative style of the storytelling will surely unlock the inner child in each member of the audience.

Performances will be held at Kenan Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but you are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets online at The show is rated PG, and the running time is approximately 2:30, including intermission.

The cast of 29 Upper School students features Jaspreet Bhutani, Joanna Brooke, Chris Burkhard, Elliot Evans, Sarah Farrin, Hannah Grant, Emily Holmes, Yaakov Huba, Sarah Kim, David Klein, Chéyse Lattie, Ian Layzer, Finn May, Esme Longley, Cat McNish, Elena Mitzi, Emily Norry, Dylan Peter, Mira Pickus, Colby Preston, Raksha Ramanan, Lauren Read, Scarlett Reade, Claire Ridley, Carina Rockart, Nathan Salley, Kaynaz Soheili, Chase Statkevicus and Annie Witte. Junior Nechama Huba is the show’s assistant director. The pit band features music teacher Michael Meyer and ninth-grader Griffin Edwards on percussion.

The running crew for the show, led by stage manager Scott Hallyburton, includes Caroline Aldridge, Annie Brooks, Ellen Cochran, Franny Cochran, Katie Cunneen, Johannes Isaksson, Cristina Pastor-Valverde, Sean Rutledge, Jacob Simms, and Ashleigh Streiff. Other members of the tech crew (sets, lights and costumes) include Ameya Bellamkonda, Kayla Bryant, Octavia Chilkoti, Charlie Dvergsten, Madeleine Genova, Hayden Goss, Cat Horrigan, Ellie McGhee, Ryan Morgan, Andria Shafer, Kiran Sundar, Mallory Trapani, Nik Walling and McKinley Windram. 

Jake Kavanagh’s Technical Theatre class includes Hutch Castelao, Katie Cunneen, Jack DeBree, Johannes Isaksson, Henry Leasure, Sean Perkins, Andria Shafer, Jacob Simms, Nathaniel Turner and McKinley Windram. 

Make your reservations now and check out the magic coming to Kenan Auditorium, where you will discover how a nameless orphan becomes Peter Pan.  We look forward to seeing you at the theater!

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