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Harter Clingman to Speak at Peninsula Players Theatre on Experience on Tour of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Harter Clingman to Speak at Peninsula Players Theatre on Experience on Tour of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of the magical and hilarious "Peter and the Starcatcher" by Rick Elice, will host a pre-show seminar Thursday, July 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. "Peter and the Starcatcher" is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson with music by Wayne Barker and is a grown-up prequel to the legendary Peter Pan. Harter Clingman, who portrays Smee, will host a discussion in the theater before the July 13 performance.

Clingman will discuss the process/experience of a being on the national theatrical tour. He will also share how rehearsals of the play at Peninsula Players differed from the tour as well has his role as an associate director of the Players' production. Tickets to the July 13 performance are available. Admission to the pre-show seminar is free.

"Harter Clingman made his Peninsula Players' debut a few seasons ago in a play in which the audience got to hear him sing a few bars of song," Vinkler said. "Harter was supposed to also perform in the musical that season but was cast in the national tour of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' and left us earlier than planned to start rehearsal. Last season's audiences lovEd Harter's performance in 'The Full Monty' and 'Alabama Story' and we are thrilled that he and other great singers and comedians are cast in this hilarious adventure and backstory of Peter Pan."

Clingman portrayed Alf in the First Broadway National Tour of "Peter and the Starcatcher." Recent Chicago credits include: "The Tempest" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), "Sweeney Todd" (Paramount Theater), "Crazy For You" (Drury Lane Oakbrook), "The Producers" and "The Addams Family" (Mercury Theater Chicago) and "Troila and Cressida" (Back Room Shakespeare). Harter has also worked with The Steppenwolf Garage Rep, The Gift Theatre, Marriott Theater-Lincolnshire, Bailiwick Chicago, Griffin Theater and The Steppenwolf 1700.

Peninsula Players Theatre is committed to providing educational programming for the community. In conjunction with "Peter and the Starcatcher," Peninsula Players has once again collaborated with the Door County Library, this time with its youth reading program. Children 14 and younger who read or listen to the novel "Peter and the Starcatchers" and complete one of the questions on the Door County Library's program form will receive a coupon for a half-price ticket. Enthusiastic readers who read all five books of the "Peter and the Starcatchers" series earn free admission to the Peninsula Players production of "Peter and the Starcatcher."

Participants must submit a completed questionnaire to their favorite Door County Library branch to be eligible for the coupon to one of the Peninsula Players performances of "Peter and the Starcatcher." For more information on the Door County Library Summer Reading Program please call Beth at (920) 746-7119 or visit DoorCountyLibrary.org/summer_peter.

The Peninsula Players has a long history of educational initiatives including an intern program that dates back to the founding days of the Players in the 1930s. The theater continues to offer theater tours and post-show discussions as listed in the program and website. For more information on the Peninsula Players production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" on stage through July 23, call the Box Office at (920) 868-3287 or visit www.peninsulaplayers.com.

Photo by Len Villano


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