Sail away with the Broadway Players of Fairfield High School as they present “Peter and the Starcatcher” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the FHS Auditorium.
Tickets, available in the auditorium lobby before each show, are $5. Admission is free for Fairfield Community School District activity card holders.
The “play with music” is based on the novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The novel is part of a five-book series, written by different authors about Peter Pan’s adventures.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” provides a fun backstory for the characters of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mrs. Darling and Tinker Bell. It serves as a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s story about Peter Pan and Wendy.
The play is about a 13-year-old nameless and friendless orphan called Boy, whose adventures allow him to find the hero within himself and to take on a name worthy of the legend he is to become.
Boy’s world is turned upside down when he meets Molly, the daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Aster, who is out to save the world and prevent a treasure trunk with magical Starstuff from getting into the hands of the evil pirate Black Stache. The plan is to send a decoy trunk on The Netherland and the real trunk on The Wasp, but Captain Bill Slank has his own plan, which changes the lives of everyone on the two ships.
A versatile group of actors plays multiple characters in the play, so the cast had lots to learn.
Dallas Carlson portrays Peter, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, and Harper Fiske plays Molly, an apprentice Starcatcher who befriends him.
Logan Nelson is Molly’s nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake, and Spencer Hilger plays her father, Lord Leonard Aster, a Starcatcher on a secret mission from Queen Victoria.
River Norwood plays Black Stache, with Wyatt Whitham as his accomplice Smee. Stache is dramatic, poetic and smart, but malapropism-prone, so he and Smee have some of the funniest lines.
Laurel Hilger and Gabriel Zimmer play Prentiss and Ted, respectively. They and Boy were bought and being sent to Rundoon to be snake food.
Jeremiah “JJ” Funkhouser is the kind-hearted sailor, Alf, who finds love on the open seas. Aaron Austin plays the good Captain Robert Falcon Scott, and James Trent portrays the nasty Captain Bill Slank.
Mira Pappin is Grempkin, the mean schoolmaster, and Alyson Reid is Teacher, the wise mermaid. Alex Holden plays Fighting Prawn, the vengeful Mollusk king, and Gerda Fiske is Hawking Clam, his son. Amber Burroughs and Izzy Ferrell are the sailor and pirate, Mack and Sanchez.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” is a fun and colorful adventure that everyone will enjoy. Be sure to check out the scenery. It is from the 2018 Kiwanis Kids’ Day parade float constructed by JC Huffman Cabinetry Co.! The business took the float to FHS, where students in the advanced ag construction class disassembled it so that almost all of its parts could be used in the show.