Sure you know “Peter Pan” from movies and children’s books, and maybe you were lucky enough to see it on stage too. But do you know where Peter Pan came from and how he got his never-grow-up magic?
The Goshen High School Drama Club will reveal all with the production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a wildly staged coming-of-age prequel to “Peter Pan.”
- Friday, Nov. 1 – 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 2 – 7:30 p.m.
- Students and senior citizens: $5
- Adults: $7
- Sold at the door
Directed by Jim Quinlan and Kristen Scully, Goshen’s young thespians will take you on a fantastic adventure across perilous seas and undiscovered lands with unforgettable characters: from gritty orphan boys, villainous pirates and jungle tyrants, to raucous sailors and morose naval officers—and an ambitious young girl determined to protect a powerful, magical substance from the worst of them.
In the words of the cast…
“I love this how,” said Jacob Forman, a senior and seasoned actor who plays “Boy” in Act I and becomes Peter in Act II. “The play is both funny and challenging and it gives us a chance to explore our comedic and dramatic chops. It’s really a show about love, coming together, and finding who you are.”
Jacob, who has applied to performing arts programs at several colleges, is determined to make every show an opportunity to grow as an actor. “I have a much better handle on what I can actually do with what I’m given, and I have learned to manage my time a lot better.”
Alex Thurtle, also a senior, plays Smee, the faithful first mate to Black Stache, a pirate captain. “It was a challenging to play an old man but I adopted it in my own way and I’m really enjoying the roll now,” Alex said.
Alex thinks of herself as a singer and dancer first. Though the play is not a musical, it has a large musical component and she is passionately honing her skills. A four-year member of the Drama Club who’s played many a lead role, Alex is particularly proud and excited about this production. “This is a great group of people, very talented and outgoing. We all get along so well, and we all shine through on stage. It’s going to be a great show!”
More about the show…
Jam-packed with mischief and humor, spirited music and witty references to pop culture, “Peter and the Starcatcher” playfully explores the depths of greed and misfortune against the power of friendship, duty and love.
Based on the children’s book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. Premiered in California, it played on and off Broadway between 2012 and 2014.