Buffalo Grove High School Theater Arts Program presents a new adaptation of the classic Peter Pan, in Peter and the Starcatcher. This century-old story of how a miserable orphan becomes the “Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” is retold with limitless possibilities of imagination. Performances intended for audiences aged 10 to 100 will be Thursday, October 12 at 7pm; Friday, October 13 at 6pm; Saturday, October 14 at 2pm; and Saturday, October 14 at 7pm.
The play is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, and was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. 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.
The show’s plot is told as follows: 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, which contains 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 that 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.
The play is brought to life by Buffalo Grove High School actors in the roles; with Antonio Laverd as Peter; Michael Seyller as Black Stache; Kayce Drevline as Molly Aster; Tristan Klein as Alf; Braulio Muro as Ted; C.J. Puga as Mrs. Brumbrake; Henry Allen as Smee; Ishan Patel as Lord Leonard Aster; Meghan Griffin as Fighting Prawn; Lily Shane as Prentiss; Lidija Babic as Bill Slank; Elizabeth Winter as Grempkin; Janelle Finton as Hawking Clam; Carly Colen as Mack; and Madelyn Pickering as Teacher. Ensemble members include Audrey Marshall, Drew Goldberg, Nathan Hernandez, Jasmine Luthey, Lauren Clarke, Lea Marie Karpor, and Zoey Heinrich.
The play is co-directed by Theater Arts Program Directors Beth Wells and Lauren Stenzel. Student Direction is by senior Trevor North. Music direction is by junior Janelle Finton, and includes student musician Tim Cooper on percussion. Students Meghan Griffin and Kaycy Drevline serve as Movement & Dance Captains. Technical Direction is lead by BGHS Tech Director Ed Moon, with senior Lucie Greene as head of Set Design. The set construction, painting, and running crew includes Brian Angeliu, Tommy Bahary, Ryan Bayliss, Lizzie Brick, Charlie Buehler, Tim Cooper, Julia Deredowski, Ethan Ernst, Ryan Gledhill, Melissa Gibbs, Samantha Goodmanson, Lucie Greene, Ish Gupta, Laurel Hart, Lynnette Hartwell, Mike Keeley, Katie Koblas, Kyle Howe, Angella Lee, Sydney Larson, Dominic Lozano, Mercedes Marowally, Elise Marsicek, Helen Niu , Melanie Reitman, Jacob Richards, Jenefer Shin, Ryan Staehle, Monty Stevens, Dilly Sultonova, Nellie Sunnatova, Katrin Svadlena, Lida Tetyusheva, Avery Weissman, and Ian Yambao. Lighting is lead by students Tommy Bahary, Angella Lee, Laurel Hart, Avery Weissman, and Melissa Gibbs. Sound for the productions will be done by students Brian Angeliu, Ian Yambao, and Jenefer Shin. Scene Change Artists include Lucie Greene, Mercedes Marowally, Elise Marsicek, Helen Niu, and Katrin Svadlena. Prop masters include Lynnette Hartwell and Sydney Larson. Costume design and crew is lead by BGHS Costume Director Debbie Andres. Student Nimra Khan serves as the Costume Crew Chief, and leads the crew of Pavlina Tenekejieva, Peyton Young, Monty Stevens, Adiba Shakeel, Carol Heiberger, Deyana Atanasova, Itzel Segura, Bryan Dominguez, Parul Kumar, Kayla Reifschneider, and Ilana Pond. House management is provided by BGHS House Managers Robin Christie and Eric Garneau.
Tickets are $7 at the door. Online tickets include a service charge and may be purchased at http://bghs.d214.org/tickets/. All seating is general admission. The box office opens 30 minutes before curtain time. Cash and checks are accepted at the door. A free preview for D214 Staff, Press & Cast Parents is Tuesday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m. Non-flash photography is allowed at this performance. A photo opportunity will follow the performance. The performance runs approximately 2.5 hours, which includes a 15-minute intermission where concessions are available for sale. For more information, call (847) 718-4071.