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Katie Halls as Mollie and Nate Challis as The Boy star in the UC Davis production of “Peter And The Starcatcher,” on stage from Feb. 27 to March 7. Justin Han, UC Davis/Courtesy photo

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‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ takes flight at UC Davis

365体育滚球“Peter and the Starcatcher,” the award-winning stage prequel to “Peter Pan,” will be presented by the UC Davis department of theater and dance from Feb. 27 through March 7.

The play is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. The play premiered in 2011 at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, then transferred to Off-Broadway. It opened on Broadway in April 2012, going on to win five Tony Awards.

365体育滚球The story follows a young orphan and his mates who are shipped off from Victorian England aboard a vessel with a mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin. At sea, the boys and a resourceful young girl named Molly realize that the trunk contains a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates, led by the fearsome Black Stache, the real adventure begins.

365体育滚球Featuring 16 actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable and hilarious characters, the family-friendly show uses elements of pop-up books in the scenic design, steampunk in the costuming, stop-action video and projection elements.

365体育滚球The play is co-directed by Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, professor of theater and dance, and Olivier Award-winner Toby Sedgwick, Granada Artist-in-Residence, who was director of movement and horse choreographer for “War Horse,” and appeared in the original production.

365体育滚球“There are stories in the world that merit telling and retelling for each generation. ‘Peter Pan’ is one of those,” Cooper said. “This smart, cunning rethinking of a classic tale written for today’s audience is a joy to jump into. We are bringing our own sense of excitement, humor and theatricality to the work, collaborating with Toby Sedgwick and our exceptional creative team.”

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 27 to March 7, in the Main Theatre, Wright Hall.

365体育滚球Tickets are $18.50 general, $17 for faculty and staff and $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased at the UC Davis Ticket Office on the north side of Aggie Stadium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, by phone at 530- 752-2471 during the same hours or online at .

This “Peter And The Starcatcher” Act I set rendering was created by designer Samantha Reno.
365体育滚球Courtesy photo

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