Curtain Call: McLeod Theater’s Peter and the Starcatcher
What: Rick Elice and Dave Barry’s Peter and the Starcatcher (live theater)
When: 2017-04-27 - 2017-04-30
The SIU Department of Theater will present Peter and the Starcatcher Thursday through Sunday, April 27 through April 30 at McLeod Theater. A prequel to the Peter Pan mythology, the story is based on a 2004 children’s novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and adapted into a Broadway play in 2012.
“I’m playing Molly Aster in the show, who is kind of special, because she is the only girl out of the twelve-member cast, which is very exciting,” Katelin Coursey told Nightlife. “She’s very strong-willed and doesn’t take crap from anyone else. She has a goal and wants to reach it. She’s going to get it done. It’s definitely a fun role to play.”
As a play-within-a-play, the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher portrays an acting troupe presenting the show for an audience.
“We are telling the story of Peter the Starcatcher, so a lot of our props or elements that we use are found-object based,” Coursey said. “We have a lot of fun, little quirky things so that the audience can kind of make believe with us....
“[W]e’re on this big ship and we have this big hurricane that we do,” Coursey added. “So we’re creating all of this with our bodies or found objects on the stage, which is really fun because it brings out the inner child in you, and then you get to make believe and pretend, which is something we don’t get to do as often once we get older. Peter Pan never wants to grow up, and in this show we get to go back into that by being kids, which is really special and really fun.”
Working with the cast has been fun.
“We’re all very fun and quick-witted,” Coursey said. “We all work so well with each other, and creating these different characters and this different world has been a lot of fun. It pushes us creatively as well because we’re not in the confines of specific things that we can use for something. There’s a stick onstage and we can basically say that it can be anything— it can be a ship’s railing or a flagpole. We get to push ourselves creatively in creating the different aspects of this world and where we are and who we are, which has been the most fun part for me.”
The entire audience, Coursey promised, will get swept up in the fun that the cast has on stage.
“It’s not just for kids,” Coursey said. “It deals with things I think we can all relate to. It’s something for the entire family. It also brings out the inner child and makes you think about the stuff that you don’t get to think about often, which I think is really special about the show.”
Shows take place at 7:30 p.m., except for the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. In addition to the performances, director Thomas Kidd and dramaturge Anne Fletcher will present a free transformational storytelling workshop an hour before the Sunday matinee.
Tickets are $18 for the public and $6 for students.
For tickets, call (618) 453-6000 or visit ticket outlets at McLeod or the SIU Arena. To buy online, visit <http://www.SIUSalukis.com>, click on the Tickets popup, and then on the Tickets Home link. There are no service charges for in-person purchases, though phone and online purchases will carry $2 charges.
For more information, visit <http://cola.siu.edu/theater>.
who: SIU Department of Theater
what: Rick Elice and Dave Barry’s Peter and the Starcatcher (live theater)
where: Communications Building McLeod Theater
when: April 27 through April 30