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Rick Elise & Wayne Barker


Arts Club Theatre Centre
Vancouver, B.C., Winter 2015

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life. It can be expanded or pared down technically to fit the specific needs and abilities of any theatre company.

"While working with professionals (some of Vancouver's most seasoned theatre veterans), Mitch demonstrated a keen and observant eye. His directorial perspective as an assistant director was hugely beneficial to my process. His commitment to the production was rooted in passion, respect and a growing artistic vision that makes him immensely resourceful in the rehearsal hall, during the tech/dress and previews.

-David Mackay: Director

Production Team

Artistic Director: Bill Millerd

Executive Dir.: Peter Cathie White

Director: David Mackay

Musical Dir.: Kevin Michael Cripps

Costume Design: Carmen Alatorre

Scenic Design: Lauchlin Johnston

Lighting Design: Conor Moore

Choreography: Jennifer Copping

Music Supervisor: Muray Price

Stage manager: Caryn Fehr

Assistant Dir.: Mitchell J. Ward, Jennifer Copping

Assistant MD: Lindsay Warnock

Apprentice SM: Michelle Harrison

Fight Directors: Mike Kovak,    Ryan McNeill


Rachel Cairns (Molly)

Aadin Church (Lord Aster)

Chris Cochrane (Alf)

Kevin Michael Cripps (Ensemble)

Emmelia Gordon (Smee)

Katey Hoffmann (Prentiss)

Caitriona Murphy (Captain Scott)

Chirag Naik (Ted)

Vincent Tong (Slank)

Benjamin Wardle (Boy)

Colleen Wheeler (Black Stache)

Joel Wirkkunen (Fighting Prawn)

Beatrice Zeilinger (Mrs. Bumbrake)

"Inventive, creative, and funny"

-Jo Ledingham | Vancouver Courier

"A rip-roaring good time"

-Erika Thorkelson | Vancouver Sun

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