Catch “Peter and the Starcatcher”, premiering Thursday in the theater


Ria Saxena

Slated to premiere Thursday Nov. 9 at 7 pm in the MVHS theater, “Peter and the Starcatcher” tells the reminiscent story of young Peter Pan in a world where characters say, “you can fly if you think happy thoughts.”

Showings are currently scheduled Nov. 9, 10, and 11 at 7:00 pm in the MVHS theater. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

students rehearse two days before opening night

Based on a novel, “Peter and the Starcatcher” tells the story of orphan Peter Pan’s upbringing, and how he soon becomes known as the “the boy who would not grow up”. It all begins when he and his shipmates board the Neverland and travel to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. As the story unravels, hidden treasure, pirates, and adventure take part in this mischievous tale.

“Peter and the Starcatcher is very whimsical at times,” Kieran Ward said, who plays the character Slank. “Even though I have a very serious character, there are times where I won’t become funny or comedic, but more goofy.”

Ward said he is excited for people to see the play and the school’s fresh talent. As a senior, Ward said he has been blown away by how well the freshman have carried out their performances and can’t wait to see how they will develop their acting skills throughout high school and by their senior year.

students rehearse two days before opening night

In contrast to the school’s usual shows, the play often breaks the fourth wall, with actors acknowledging and talking to the audience mid-scene. Ward said that the director Emilia Thornber was able to stylize the play and add more depth to the characters by breaking the fourth wall.

Stage crew member Jessica Jones said the play has a very unpolished tone, with a set that resembles an open warehouse and casual allusions to the present throughout the play.

“Some of the parts [of the play] were people off stage are singing, [stage crew] gets to start singing,” said Jones, “even though we haven’t been taught the songs.”

Jones said that the play is accompanied by various noises that have to be timed with the actors actions. Some of the noises being door creaks, farts, and roaring.