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Peter and the Starcatcher

A play with music by Rick Elice

Music by Wayne Barker

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Department of Theatre & Drama

December 8-11, 2016 • Power Center



Sail on the high seas for a life-changing adventure in this delightful grown-up prequel to Peter Pan. Lord Aster and his precocious thirteen-year-old daughter Molly set sail for the Kingdom of Rundoon on a secret mission for the Queen of England; they must destroy a trunk filled with starstuff. While her starcatcher father journeys with the real treasure on a swift ship, Molly and a decoy trunk are placed on a slower, safer ship, The Never Land. Onboard, Molly meets three young orphans led by a wary, unnamed boy. When she discovers that the trunks have been switched, Molly and her new pal gallantly set off to fulfill the mission themselves. Soon all the elements of the classic story appear - a gang of pirates and their villainous captain, menacing island natives, and a crocodile. The nameless orphan slowly learns to trust the stalwart Molly, becoming the enduring and beloved hero who will never grow up.

Based on the 2006 instant best-selling book by comedian Dave Barry and novelist Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher debuted at the la Jolla Playhouse in 2009. Playwright Rick Elice, know for his books for Jersey Boys and The Addams Family, had free reign to translate the book to the stage and wed the contemporary tone of Barry and Pearson with J.M. Barrie’s irreverent sense of humor. The show embraces an old-fashioned story-theater tradition, inviting the audience to willingly imagine elements of the fast-paced wildly theatrical story. The show opened on Broadway in 2012 starring U-M alumna Celia Keenan-Bolger as Molly, and won five Tony Awards. Filled with treacherous battles, hilarious dialogue, and surprising sentimentality, Peter and the Starcatcher is a spirited adventure that is “a blissful exercise in make-believe.” (Ben Brantley - New York Times)



Peter and the Starcatcher graphic

Illustration by Greg Newbold,

Artistic Staff


Director Gillian Eaton
Scenic Designer Vincent Mountain
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Janak Jha
Sound Designer Al Hurschman
Stage Manager Jacqueline Saldana


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower