JONESBORO – The Arkansas State University Department of Theatre’s first spring semester show features ingenious theatricality and character tracks that span up to a half-dozen characters for a single actor.
This inventive adaptation completely reimagines the origin story of one of the world’s most beloved children’s books. Rick Elice’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a prequel for the familiar characters of the classic “Peter Pan.” This family favorite will be produced in Fowler Center’s Drama Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 17-18 and Feb. 24-25.
The show is directed by DayDay Robinson, assistant professor of theatre, while music will be directed by Dr. Kristen Sullivan, collaborative voice instructor in music and theatre. The associate director is Brianna Lucas Larson, assistant professor of theatre.
Jeff McLaughlin, associate professor of theatre, is scenic designer; Claire Abernathy, associate professor of theatre, is serving as costume designer; and Caisa Sanburg, assistant professor of theatre, is lighting and sound designer. Theatre major Gavin Wilson of Berryville is assistant director, and Raven Raleigh of Independence County is assistant dialect coach.
The cast includes theatre majors Michael Joseph of Sikeston, Mo., as Boy/Peter; Kori Denison of Southside as Molly; Kaito Ito of Tokyo, Japan, as Ted; Julian Schranz of Arkadelphia, as Prentiss; Skyla Conger of Haskell, as Black Stache; and Julie Barnett of Crossett as Mrs. Bumbrake.
Other cast members and their roles are Destiny Johnson of Crossett, Smee; Lili Iwamoto of Japan, Captain Scott; Fernanda Posadas of Sherwood, Lord Aster; Miraya Gerardo-Munguia of Sherwood, Grempkin/Macks/Sanchez/Fighting Prawn; Ellen-Ann Keys of Norwich, England, Slank and Hawking Clam; and Raven Raleigh of Independence County, Alf.
The production team consists of theatre majors, including Memphis native Alec Lazarini as stage manager; Conway native Connor Zane Brewer will be assistant stage manager with Batesville’s Judith Bossi, who is also serving as properties master; Memphis native Alli Peavy is sound board operator; light board operator is Kit Joseph of Sikeston, Mo., and Haley Reed of Bay is house manager. The dressers are Emma Bryant of Siloam Springs and Allie Jones of Jonesboro.
Tickets for “Peter and the Starcatcher” can be purchased 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the A-State Box Office at First National Bank Arena or by calling (870) 972-ASU1. Tickets can also be purchased online at AState.edu/tickets. Prices are $10 for seniors, A-State staff/faculty, and $15 for the general public. A-State student tickets are free at the box office with a student ID. Limited seating is available, so it is recommended that patrons reserve tickets in advance.
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