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Broadway Players of Fairfield High School present 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Sail away with the Broadway Players of Fairfield High School as they perform the Tony Award-winning play-with-music “Peter and the Starcatcher” on April 26, 27, and 28 in the FHS Auditorium.

Based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, and with music by Wayne Barker, the play provides a back story for J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan tale and answers the questions: How did Captain Hook lose his hand? How did the orphans Peter and the Lost Boys end up in Neverland? How did Tinkerbell come into being? How did Peter know where to find Wendy? How did Peter learn to fly? And, in this re-imagined version of the Peter Pan story, how did two children save the world from the evil and greedy ones who would use the magical Starstuff to conquer the planet?

A versatile group of actors plays multiple characters including Mollusk Islanders and their king, pirates, sailors, a cruel schoolmaster, mothers, and mermaids.

Dallas Carlson portrays Peter, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, and Harper Fiske is Molly, an apprentice Starcatcher who befriends him. Logan Nelson is her nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake, and Spencer Hilger is her father, Lord Leonard Aster, a Starcatcher on a secret mission from Queen Victoria. Peter’s arch nemesis Black Stache is portrayed by River Norwood with Wyatt Whitham as his accomplice, Smee. Peter’s fellow orphans are played by Laurel Hilger and Gabriel Zimmer. Jeremiah Funkhouser is the kindhearted sailor, Alf, who finds love on the open seas. Good Captain Robert Falcon Scott is played by Aaron Austin, and James Trent portrays the corrupt and nasty Captain Bill Slank. Mira Pappin is Grempkin, the cruel and shrewd 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 long-suffering sailor and pirate, Mack and Sanchez.

Abyni Garner is the stage manager for the production. Also serving on crew are Blair Grunwald, Devika Pharasi, Katie McLain, Calista Rowe, Gannon Scott, and Marsha Vazquez.

Adult volunteers are Jim Edgeton, John Grunwald, Zach Reiter, and Noel Wotherspoon. Betsie Wotherspoon is the director and Joel Brown is the accompanist.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. April 29. Admission is $5 or free with an Fairfield Community School District activity card. The April 28 performance will be artistically and dramatically enhanced through sign language by Laurie Noll, superintendent.