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Popular ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ returns to WCSU stage

Image from Peter and the StarcatcherDANBURY, CONN. — Ives Concert Park and the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series will present the Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” for a return engagement in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 24, 25 and 26, 2018. Get tickets at For more information, visit

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy” (“Peter Pan”). The play provides a humorous backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch nemesis Captain Hook. In opening, audiences will be met by an orphaned child on the high seas named Boy. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly ­­­— the daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor. She is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the evil hands of Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship, Molly and Boy learn about love and friendship, and forge an unbreakable bond.

WCSU Professor of Theatre Arts Pam McDaniel, who directs the production, said, “Set your sails for excitement and magic that you’ll never forget. ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is a story filled with heart, humor and harrowing adventures that follow the boy who never grew up, his fearsome pirate foe and a cast of colorful characters who join in on the journey.”


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