Lipscomb Theatre is debuting its first show of the spring semester, Peter and the Starcatcher, Friday Feb. 17 in Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The show will run Feb. 17-18 and Feb. 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m.
The staged version of Peter and the Starcatcher is based on the novel “Peter and the Starcatcher,” by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, which serves as a prequel to the story of Peter Pan.
“Lipscomb’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher is one of the first productions of this show in Nashville,” said Beki Baker, chair of the Lipscomb theatre department. “The department is proud to be able to offer plays and musicals hot-off Broadway.”
Directed by David Ian Lee, guest director of the show, the all-student cast is comprised of only 18 actors and two musicians. The actors appear multiple times as over 100 different characters, with most of the cast rarely leaving the stage. They play everything from sailors and pirates, lords and tropical kings to birds, boats, waves, stars and giant crocodiles.
Peter and the Starcatcher follows a lonely orphan, Peter, who finds himself on a voyage to the deadly island of Rundoon. The audience will join him on his adventures confronting the dastardly pirate Black Stache, mermaids and monsters, and a young girl with special powers to protect the planet from the dangerous, mysterious substance called starstuff.
“This show is a lot of fun- it’s wild and irreverent,” said Lee. “It’s absolutely soaked in magic and imagination, but at the core it’s a story about the choices made to become who we want to be. Starcatcher has a lot to say that will resonate with the kid inside all of us.”
Lee said preparation for a show of this creative caliber has required the cast as well as directors and choreographers to bring a unique kind of storytelling and imagination to the stage that is sure to sweep the audience off their feet.
“It has been a delight to work with Lipscomb students, and a privilege to collaborate with the professional designers, technicians, and other artists involved with the project,” Lee said. “Peter and the Starcatcher presents some unique challenges, it is a big show, full of songs, dances, fights, puppetry, stylized sequences – and that makes for a fun high-wire act.”
Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for university faculty/staff and $5 for students per show. For tickets, contact the Lipscomb Box Office at 615.966.7075.
For more information about Lipscomb’s 2017 Theatre season, click here.