Described by Anika Vervecken. Tickets are $25 for VocalEye users, while they last.
Please call the Box Office to purchase tickets and reserve your headsets at 604-687-1644.
Running time is 2 hours, 25 minutes including intermission.
How did Peter Pan become, well, Peter Pan?
Peter and the Starcatcher is a lively, innovative, and swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Its recent, critically acclaimed Broadway production garnered five Tony Awards. Filled with ingenious stagecraft and over a hundred characters (brought to life by a dozen actors), the play is both a rollicking adventure and a celebration of the magic of theatre.
The play begins when circumstance brings together a nameless orphan boy, a young girl protecting the Queen of England’s treasure, and a crew of murderous pirates. As the characters brave swordfights, shipwrecks, and fantastical creatures, they discover their heroism. They also must confront their fear of growing up.
While this coming-of-age tale appeals to young people, it includes sophisticated dialogue and pop culture references that will delight adults. Its resourceful design elements and versatile, high-energy performances will transport theatregoers of all ages. Come and find out why Peter and the Starcatcher is captivating audiences. Be prepared for an utterly original experience that will test the bounds of your imagination.
This is VocalEye’s first described performance at the Arts Club’s Goldcorp stage, a brand new, 250 seat theatre in the BMO Theatre Centre on West 1st Avenue, a few blocks west of Main Street.
Written by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by David Mackay
THE ORPHANS: A Nameless Boy, Prentiss and Ted
THE BRITISH SUBJECTS: Lord Leonard Aster; his daughter Molly Aster; her Nanny, Mrs. Bumbrake; Captain Robert Falcon Scott; and Grempkin, the Orphanage schoolmaster
THE SEAFARERS: Bill Slank (Captain of the Neverland); Alf, an old sea dog; Mack; Black Stache and his first mate, Smee; and Sanchez
THE NATIVES: Fighting Prawn, Hawking Clam and Teacher (a mermaid)
“Peter and the Starcatcher [is] a delightfully irreverent prequel to a family classic. Part high seas adventure, part love story, it’s a show that’s all about play and joy, that last shot of anarchy before tromping on into adulthood.” –Vancouver Sun
“The action in Peter and the Starcatcher is as non-stop as it is creative, performed by a cast that fearlessly taps into their inner child. The result is a grand adventure for those that have yet to grow up, and for those of us that refuse.” –Vancouver Presents
“Imagine it’s 1855 and two ships set out from Queen Victoria’s England: one fast, one slow. They carry identical trunks: one filled with sand, one filled with valuable treasure: “star stuff”. Naturally, there are pirates.
If you’ve ever wondered about Peter Pan’s backstory, playwright Rick Elice and director David Mackay make it a voyage so inventive, creative and funny, it will carry you right out of these handsome new digs on 1st Avenue and into the night.” –Jo Ledingham
Characters “Black Stache” and “Smee” talk about their roles and staging conventions in this interview (video)
VocalEye at The Arts Club