Platteville Summer Arts Festival presents Peter and the Starcatcher
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts and the new Platteville Summer Arts Festival will present the Tony Award-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher.” A theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, this “play with music” was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. The production runs July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. and July 29 and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre.
The play tells the story of how a young orphan boy became Peter Pan. The boy and his fellow orphans are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island. On board the ship is a mysterious trunk. At sea, the boys are discovered by a young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is Starstuff, a 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 – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
“This play with music is a wonderfully imaginative and highly entertaining origin story,” said Ann Dillon Farrelly, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville and director of the production. “It is a wonderful show, sure to delight the child in all of us. It is joyful and funny, and the entire cast is working very hard to bring this story to life. It’s a play about finding your place – where you belong. It’s about home and all the things that means.”
Farrelly is joined on the production team by UW-Platteville theatre and music faculty and staff, with choreography by Connie SaLoutos Furlan, musical direction by Rob Shepherd (who will also be playing the role of Captain Scott), scenic and lighting design by Jeffrey Strange, and costume design by Sarah Strange. The production is stage managed by UW-Platteville theatre major Abigail Wagner.
The cast is a blend of UW-Platteville students, faculty, staff and alumni and members of the Platteville and surrounding communities. The cast includes UW-Platteville theatre majors Logan Eigenberger as Peter, Blair Schuler as Molly, Ian Duff as Smee and Alex Behne as an ensemble member. UW-Platteville faculty and staff include Tyler Tollefson as Slank/Fighting Prawn, Michael Black as Lord Aster and Bill Haskins as Alf. UW-Platteville alumnus Benjamin Barlow returns as Black Stache. Community members in the production are Isabelle Sander as Ted, Lizzy Haag as Prentiss, Deanna Sieppel as Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher, Andrew Arevalo as Grempkin/Hawking Clam, with Emma Wagner and Emily Garrett joining the ensemble.
As a part of the Platteville Summer Arts Festival’s educational mission, Eigenberger and Schuler will bring the characters of Peter and Molly to nine local libraries for free special programming. Library visits are planned for Platteville, Livingston, Hazel Green, Lancaster, Shullsburg, Boscobel, Dodgeville, Richland Center and Darlington. Contact the libraries in those communities for more information on dates and times.
Tickets are $22 for general admission and $17 for students and children under 18. For more information about the play, visit www.uwplatt.edu/performing-and-visual-arts/peter-and-starcatcher. For tickets, call the University Box Office at 608-342-1298 or visit tickets.uwplatt.edu. For more information about the Platteville Summer Arts Festival, visit www.uwplatt.edu/news/arts-return-uw-platteville-summer-new-festival.
Written by: Ann Dillon Farrelly, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts