THE MERMAIDS SING PHOTO BY JENNY ANDERSON
Long before an orphan boy named Peter Pan flies into the bedroom of the
Darling children, there were many adventures in his life. To learn
about a young Peter, who didn't even have the privilege of a name and
was known simply as The Boy, travel straight to
the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, February 18 to
Sunday, February 23 to make his acquaintance and discover his
fascinating and complicated history in "Peter and the Starcatcher."
Peter Pan is that stubborn lad who never wants to grow up. He flies to
Neverland and encounters a mean-spirited Captain Hook, a devil of a
crocodile, an Indian Princess and a whole passel of Lost Boys who look
to him as their fearless leader. He entices Wendy
Darling and her brothers Michael and John to leave their comfy home and
learn to fly to Neverland with him.
But what happened before Peter Pan and Wendy meet? Thanks to a fanciful
novel by Dave Barry (yes, the humorist) and Ridley Pearson, and a play
by Rick Elice, "Peter and the Starcatcher" will tell the prequel to J.
M. Barrie's beloved lad and reveal what took
place earlier. A dozen talented actors will create over a hundred
different roles, with a minimum of fuss and props, from pirates to
villains, mermaids to Molly, the only female in the cast and clearly the
Imagine, and you're called upon to rev up your creative juices, a
treasure chest that you must guard as a commission from the Queen. You
are Lord Aster
and you are traveling with your young daughter Molly and her nanny, Mrs.
Bumbrake, to the Kingdom of Rundoon and it is your responsibility to
make sure the chest arrives safely to its destination. To fool the
pirates, a similar chest, filled with sand, is
being sent as a decoy but the sinister captain, Bill Slank, uncovers the
ruse and switches them. He is piloting the wreck of a vessel, the
Neverland, with Molly and her nanny aboard, while the real treasure was
supposed to be on the fastest ship of the fleet,
the Wasp, with Lord Aster.
To further his nefarious scheme, Slank purchases a trio of lads, from
the Orphanage for Lost Boys, one of whom will later claim the name of
Peter. Watch for a magic amulet that glows when there is danger, a
group of mermaids who think they belong in Vaudeville,
plots and counter plots to claim and reclaim the treasure, ships that
sink, pirates and passengers who go overboard, a quite hungry crocodile
Mr. Grin who has a taste for humans, a strange language known only to
Dodo birds and a magic material known as starstuff
that everyone covets. And that's just a little appetizer of the plot!
For tickets ($22 and up), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at www.bushnell..org. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m.,
Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Let your creative imagination and spirit of adventure soar as this
storytelling extravaganza flies free and far on a theatrical experience
like no other.