The tale of Peter Pan flying into Wendy Darling’s bedroom, fighting Captain Hook and toying around with Tinkerbell are well known — but how did Peter Pan become Peter Pan? The Footlight Club’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” opening Sept. 16th in Jamaica Plain, will provide insight into the genesis of Peter and why he never wanted to grow up.
The family-friendly Tony Award winning Broadway play recently became available for community theaters to perform, and kicks off The Footlight Club’s 141st season.
“‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan becomes Peter Pan,” said director and choreographer Julia Deter. “From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling friends and unlikely heroes, Starcatcher is a wildly theatrical exploration of the depths of greed and despair, and more importantly, the bonds of friendship, duty and love.”
The play is the prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan tale and tells the story of the Neverland that you never knew. Motherless Molly Aster, Peter and a couple of orphans defeat a band of pirates and island natives, including the evil Black Stache in order to keep treasure in the right hands. Peter eventually learns what it means to have a family and becomes the boy who never wants to grow up.
“It’s a show for grownups, but is great fun for the entire family,” said Michael Colford, promotions director for the Footlight’s Club board.
Producer and the Footlight Club’s Volunteers Director Elizabeth Bean spoke glowingly of the cast, “They are all amazing, and they have a super fun show here. I’m so excited to see it all come together.”
Alicia Powell is the assistant director for the show.
“Peter and The Starcatcher” opens Sept. 16th and runs for 6 shows through Sept. 30th. Performances are at 8 pm on September 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 30th; with Sunday matinees at 2 pm on September 17th and 30th. Tickets are FREE for Footlight Club members and $28 for adults and $25 for students and seniors, and are available through the box office or at www.footlight.org. The Footlight Club is located at 7A Eliot Street in Jamaica Plain and is America’s oldest community theater.