PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Inspires Made Here Storefront Window
The five-time Tony Award-winning musical play Peter and the Starcatcher, making its Minnesota premiere in a limited engagement March 11-16, 2014, has inspired a new extension of Hennepin Theatre Trust's Made Here Cultural District window display initiative featuring the work of local artists. Peter and the Starcatcher's Tony Award-winning sustainable set design uses recycled materials and was the impetus behind this new Made Here storefront window which captures the spirit of the touring production.
The Peter and the Starcatcher Made Here window, located at the Witt Mitchell Building at 705 Hennepin Avenue, was created by local visual artists Tim Carroll, Daisy Lysne and Ursula Simmer with assistance from Calvin Hafermann, a student at FAIR Downtown School. Working around the clock between January 18-23, the quartet of artists fashioned and installed 3D sculptures detailed with recycled materials as eclectic as empty spools, magazines, buttons, broken toys and jewelry, corks and tin can lids. The display can be seen 24 hours a day by anyone walking by. Made Here is a Cultural District project presented by Andersen Windows. Last fall, as part of the initiative, visual displays were temporarily installed in 40 windows on the former Block E between 6th and 7th Streets on Hennepin Avenue.
Peter and the Starcatcher will run at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Written by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice and directed by Tony Award-winner Roger Rees and Tony Award-nominee Alex Timbers, tickets are available in person at the State Theatre Box Office, online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org, by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Ticket Center.
Peter and the Starcatcher, a grown up's prequel to Peter Pan, is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century?old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture's most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.
Peter and the Starcatcher won five 2012 Tony Awards (the most of any play of the 2011-2012 season) and was named one of The New York Times, New York Magazine and The New Yorker's Top 10 Shows of the Year. The New York Times hails Peter and the Starcatcher as "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," New York Post exclaims it is "the gold standard of Peter Pan shows" and Entertainment Weekly calls the show "an absurdly funny fantastical journey."
The design team of Peter and the Starcatcher includes Donyale Werle (Scenic Design), Paloma Young (Costume Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design) and Darron L West (Sound Design), who all won Tony Awards for their work. Werle is a leader at the Broadway Green Alliance and has gained much acclaim for the use of salvaged materials in her sets. The producers also invited the tour venues to contribute reusable items to help build the tour proscenium. Minneapolis sent in a variety of items, Denver sent in Coors bottle caps, Seattle collected wine corks from their theater bars and Dallas arranged a special drive at Klyde Warren Park to collect items such as children's toys, old silverware, used rope, buttons and whopper poppers, tin can tops, balls and paper tubes.
Peter and the Starcatcher is produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes and Disney Theatrical Productions. Peter and the Starcatcher is suitable for younger audiences, but most enjoyable for those age 10 and up. Additional show information can be found at www.peterandthestarcatcher.com.