‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ has local flair

The upcoming production is based on a play that netted a Tony Award nomination for a Bloomfield native.

By Messenger Post

NAPLES — As its 2016 Summer Season continues, Bristol Valley Theater is presenting “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a musical prequel to Peter Pan.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” which opens Thursday night, takes a new look at Neverland with the story of how Peter became the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Bristol Valley Theater will be the first theater in the area to present the show, which won five Tony Awards in 2012. A free child’s ticket will be offered with the purchase of any two regular-priced adult or senior tickets. The production is sponsored by Lynnie Lou’s Ice Cream and the Rimora Foundation.

“Starcatcher is really a show for the whole family,” said Bristol Valley Theater Executive Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “It’s a fun, fast-paced adventure with enough jokes to keep parents laughing right along with the kids.”

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play was written by Rick Elice and features music by Wayne Barker. Originally from Bloomfield, Barker received a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his composition. He is one of two members of the original creative team with ties to the Finger Lakes region. Adam Chanler-Beret, who originated the lead role on Broadway, is the nephew of Naples dentist Dr. Wayne S. Chanler.

“The story of Peter Pan is loved by people both young and old,” adds Bowersock. “So, this summer, we hope you’ll introduce your child to an old friend in a whole new way.”

Bowersock will direct the production, which features musical direction by C. Colby Sachs, scenic design by Tim McMath, lighting design by Justin Partier, costume design by Danielle Preston and sound design by Rich Miller.

The ensemble cast of 12 playing multiple characters includes Neil Brown, EJ Cantu, Michael Dewar, Chris J. Handley, K. Cody Hunt, Michaela Jose, Matthew Krob, Michael Radi, Marlin Slack, Steven Smith, Jordan Westfall and Brian Ziemann.

The Bristol Valley Theater 2016 season continues through Sept. 4 with “The Foreigner,” “The Cookie Fight” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

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