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Presented by The Barn Stage Company, the 2016 Summer Series opens in July with the Tony Award-winning play, Peter And The Starcatcher! The show runs Thursday-Sunday for three weekends at The Truax Building in Old Town Temecula. This production comes to Temecula for the first time! An Inland Empire Premiere! Peter And The Starcatcher will be directed by J. Scott Lapp, with Movement by Chelsea Nicole and Musical Direction by Leigh Sutherlin.
A grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan. When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. 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, containing 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 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.
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. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling production will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight!. 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.
“Peter And The Starcatcher invites the audience to use their imagination to go on an adventure. The actors play a multitude of characters, sometimes switching characters before your eyes, and other times actors are incorporated directly into the scenery as props. And no matter how old you are, or how rusty you may be at “playing”, that part of your brain, just like Peter Pan, never grows old! Continuing the tradition after last summer’s exciting shows, we aim to stage bold, adventurous plays for our savy audiences with extraordinary talent and professionalism that our patrons have come to expect,” says Artistic Director J. Scott Lapp.
Austyn Myers, who starred as Moritz in The Barn Stage Company’s 2014 and 2015 productions of Spring Awakening, leads the cast in the title role. He has performed on Broadway in Les Miserables, and at The Old Globe in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Lost in Yonkers, The First Wives Club. In the role of Molly Aster, is Delphi Borich, a recent graduate of Syracuse University. Delphi has performed in Peter Pan (Wendy Darling) with Syracuse Stage, in Romeo & Juliet (Juliet) at The Globe Theatre in London and in Carmen at the Apollo Theatre in Greece. Craig McEldowney joins the cast as Black Stache (Babes in Arms at Rubicon, A Class Act at CV Rep, Ragtime with 3D Theatricals, Jesus Christ Superstar, European Tour and Grease in the US National Tour). The rest of the cast includes Joshua David Cavanaugh (Lord Aster), Taylor A. Joseph (Captain Scott), Drew Boudreau (Smee), Garrett Lawrence (Bill Slank), Tyler Campbell (Alf), Jake Bradford (Ted), Taylor Bjur (Prentiess), Brent Roberts (Mrs. Bumbrake) and Timothy Bright (Grempkin). Zackary Scot Wolfe and Courtney Wolfe join the cast as Swings.
Directed by J. Scott Lapp (Rain at Old Globe, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Papermill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse, Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway and Murder for Two at Broadway Asia), now in his second season as Artistic Director of The Barn Stage Company, the creative team for Peter and the Starcatcher includes Chelsea Nicole (movement), and Leigh Sutherlin (Musical Director). The Design team includes Matthew Herman (Scenic Design), Sound Design by CBC Technical, Costume Design by Cookie Oien. Casting is by Evan D’Angeles.
RUN DATES | TIMES: Preview at 8 p.m. JULY 7. Opens on JULY 8. Through JULY 24. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 8 pm and 2 pm on Sundays. LOCATION: The Truax Building, 41923 Second Street, Temecula, CA. 92590. TICKETS: $50 Premium Seats. $40 General Admission. Can be purchased by visiting www.TheBarnStageCompany.com or by calling the Box Office at 1-951-472-2276.