The Starcatcher is an adventurous tale of good versus evil. It has heroes, villains, and it tells the backstory for the characters of Peter Pan. Part comedy, part drama, part musical, the kiddos will love it.
The story is based the children’s novel, Peter and The Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
The Starcatcher, Molly Aster, is played by Hannah Davis. She is the hero of this production, a flawed apprentice starcatcher and a self-professed leader who takes on foes twice her size and possesses a bullshit meter a mile wide.
It’s also the second or third production I’ve seen her in; her acting is top-notch and in-your-face. She commands the room but backs off in support of her fellow actors when necessary. It is a treat at one point to witness the hero-girl Aster fly through the air while trying to save her new friend, orphan Peter played by Hannah Gebensleben, who was just thrown overboard.
Three stowaway orphan boys, including Peter, have snuck onto the Neverland ship on a voyage to a mythical land. They are naive and confused, and rely on the guidance of Aster for what to do in any given situation. They end up defending the Neverland against pirates seeking to pilfer magical treasure.
Pirate master Black Stache is played by Chad Sweet. He’s the play’s Dr. Evil, surrounded by a gaggle of pirate scumbags who like throwing people around and overboard. Sweet is not sweet; he is arrogant, bullying and hides behind his crew of supplicants when convenient. He also nails his villainous role.
At times, warring factions bring remembrances of the classic battles from “West Side Story,” but this is much more modern — boomer and millennial pop-culture references are sprinkled throughout the production. The element of fantasy also differentiates the production from some of the classics.
Peter & The Starcatcher is fast-paced, loud at times and there are some scenes with violence, and worm eating, so discretion is advised. Though this is a children’s story, adults will be captivated as well. It is incredible fun.
Reno Little Theater:
147 East Pueblo Street
Reno, NV 89502
Tickets & information: 775-813-8900
Written by: Rick Elise
Based on the novel by: Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Music by: Wayne Barker
Directed by: Melissa Taylor
Evening Show dates: July 6(tt), 7, 8, 13(tt), 14, 15, 20(tt), 21, 22, 27(tt), 28, 29 @ 7:30p
Matinee Show dates: July 8 (Family Day/Artown Performance), 9, 16, 23*, 30 @ 2:00p
Please note that the Talk-Back performance of this event will take place on July 23rd.
Regular: $25 per person
Senior/Military: $20 per person
Student: $18 per person
Under 12: $12 per person
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