Maryland Ensemble Theatre Presents PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) presents a grown up's prequel to Peter Pan, where a dozen actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters. An apprentice starcatcher (13 year-old Molly Aster) takes to the high seas with a trunk full of magic "starstuff" and three orphan boys while being pursued by a boat-load of pirates. Peter and the Starcatcher was written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Addams Family) with music by Wayne Barker. This adaptation is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson. Filled with magic and wonder, Peter and the Starcatcher provides a back story for Peter Pan and how his life of pirate fighting and non-stop exciting feats began.

Watch the inspired story of Peter Pan unfold as you meet the characters we all know and love from the classic J.M. Barrie tale. Director (and MET Associate Artistic Director) Julie Herber is excited to bring this masterpiece to life. "I'm thrilled to be working on Peter and the Starcatcher," Herber says. "Telling this epic story in the purest, most imaginative ways an ensemble can dream up is a directors dream. It's a playground for the mind and an exciting challenge for our cast and crew." Enjoy the wit of the five-time Tony Award winning event, along with mysterious mermaids, angry islanders, and of course, a giant crocodile.

The Starcatcher crew includes: the team of Thom Huenger and Jonas Dawson as musical directors, scenic design by Cecelia Lee, costume design by Stephanie Hyder, Paul Shillinger on lighting design, and Katie Rattigan on props.

The cast bringing imagination to life includes Joe Jalette as Black Stache, Caitlyn Joy as Molly, Matt Lee as Peter, Thomas Scholtes as Mrs. Bumbrake and the teacher, Matthew Crawford as Slank and Hawking Clam, Robert Leembruggen as Smee, Daniel Valentin-Morales as the apprentice, Matt Harris as Alf, Reiner Prochaska as Lord Aster, Jeremy Myers as Captain Scott, Taylor Rieland as Ted, and Ron Ward as the fighting Prawn, Grempkin, Mack and Sanchez.

Peter and the Starcatcher opens on Friday, April 14th and runs to May 7 every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 Thursday night Tickets; with special pricing for Hood College and Frederick Community College students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (301) 694-4744, online at marylandensemble.org or in person at the MET box office. Come get hooked on an adventure of a lifetime.

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