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Effectively-played ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Prince William Little Theatre


Based mostly on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher explores how a younger orphan finally turned Peter Pan. In 2012, Christian Borle received the Tony for finest actor in a featured function, because the character Black Stache. This adaptation — with e-book and lyrics by Rick Elice and music by Wayne Barker — isn’t a musical, however extra of a play with music, that includes sure characters with temporary songs and musical interludes.

Elizabeth Moore as Molly and Ollie Maxted as Boy (Peter) in ‘Peter and the Starcatcher.’ Picture by Amanda Elena images.

Prince William Little Theatre’s manufacturing of this Peter Pan origin story is wealthy in antic humor and theatrical invention, however the stardust loses its efficiency just a bit bit. The start of the story is a bit complicated and switches forwards and backwards frantically between two ships — the “good guys and the unhealthy guys” — with out a lot readability. As soon as the whole gang of orphans, pirates, and aristocrats get caught up within the storm at sea, the present tends to get slightly unfold aside as nicely. The script accommodates tongue twisters, unhealthy puns, and fleetingly tossed-off anachronisms that aren’t simple to simply accept. Moreover, the bunch of “savages” on the island who wish to ”butterfly and deep-fat fry” Peter & Co. positively overstay their welcome.

Nonetheless, the forged is straightforward to embrace. Elizabeth Moore is pleasant as Molly, whose job is to maintain a valuable cargo of stardust from evil pirates. Moore brings a stunning real high quality to the function of {the teenager} caught between little one and grownup. Ollie Maxted’s efficiency is nice and earnest as The Boy — whose character ultimately earns the title of Peter Pan — and their chemistry collectively is kind of cute. Cameron McBride is satisfactorily malevolent as Black Stache. Smee, performed by Claire Jeffrey, provides nice counterpoint to his humor. Jeffrey is especially humorous along with her supply of one-liners and her facial expressions. Moreover, Avery Heisy’s portrayal of semi–misplaced boy Ted is equally humorous and endearing. Different standouts had been Abbie Mulberg as Mack, the Instructor, and her splendidly humorous illustration of the fowl that will ultimately grow to be Tinkerbell, and Will MacLeod as Lord Aster together with his endless devotion to the British Crown. Raeanna Nicole Larson additionally hams it up giddily as Molly’s prim however not correct nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake.

Cameron McBride as Black Stache, Kristoffer Ray as Alf, Will MacLeod as Lord Leonard Aster, and Ollie Maxted as Boy (Peter) in ‘Peter and the Starcatcher.’ Picture by Amanda Elena images.

Set designers Nick Mastrangelo and Mia Villani do a pleasant job with set components. While you stroll into the theater you may anticipate the sensation of “Neverland” fairly harking back to the Disney film Hook, with its nautical components and curtain of stars. Moreover, lighting designers Keven Smith and Anna Burell do a intelligent job with the consequences of the amulet that Molly makes use of to speak along with her father, and the sunshine that finally transforms into Tinkerbell.

Though the present is a bit disjointed and a bit lengthy, it’s finest to understand Peter and the Starcatcher should you don’t anticipate it to do for Peter Pan what Depraved did for The Wizard of Oz; in different phrases, to anticipate it to be a real prequel quite than a separate story. The thought behind this present isn’t a foul one. It does comprise a childlike whimsy and hope for the creativeness. And, as Director Anna Burell states in a program observe, all of us have to “preserve the magic of childhood for so long as we will.”

Operating Time: Two hours half-hour with a 15-minute intermission.

Peter and the Starcatcher performs via October 23, 2022, introduced by Prince William Little Theatre performing within the Gregory Household Theater on the Hylton Performing Arts Middle, positioned on the George Mason College campus at 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas, VA. Tickets ($24 for adults, $21 for seniors/college students/lively army, $17 for kids 12 and below) can be found on the door or may be bought on-line.

Upcoming performances:
Friday, October 21, 2022, at 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 2:00 pm

COVID Security: Face coverings are advisable for indoor occasions on the Hylton Middle. See present Hylton Performing Arts Middle protocols right here.

Director: Anna Burrell
Producer: Chrissy Mastrangelo
Music Administrators: Caelyn Davis and David Burrell,
Stage Supervisor: Shelby Cody-Jones
Lighting Design: Keven Smith and Anna Burell
Set Design & Construct: Nick Mastrangelo and Mia Villani
Costume Design: Sara Negron

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