The Actors Guild of Parkersburg is proud to present Peter and the Starcatcher. Winner of Five Tony Awards and nominated for four more during its original Broadway run, this thrilling and inventive play by Rick Elice is based on the 2004 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and features music by Wayne Baker.

Performance Dates & Times: January 12, 13, 19, 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM and January 14 & 21, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Address: 724 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101

Ticket Price: $17, or $15 if you are a student or a senior. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office. Get 50% off two or more adult tickets on opening night, Friday, January 12th, 2018. Saturday, January 13th, 2018 will be hospitality night and will include free refreshments.

Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of a young orphan (Ethan Schaffer, in his first lead role on the guild's stage, recent credits include The Giver, Legally Blonde & The Addams Family) and his friends as they are shipped off from Victorian England to a distance island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Unknown to them, the captain's cabin holds a mysterious trunk containing a precious, otherworldly cargo. While at sea the boys encounter a precocious young girl named Molly (Tru Hill, Big Fish, Suessical the Musical Jr, Oz!), a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk's precious cargo is starstuff, a powerful celestial substance which would prove disastrous if in the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates led by the fearsome Black Stache (Marty Jellison, making his guild debut) determined to claim the treasure as his own, the children's journey escalates into a thrilling adventure.

The play, told in a story theatre style, features a company of actors not only narrating and performing as specific characters, but also using no more than a handful of props, a rope, and imagination to bring the story to life. The Actors Guild of Parkersburg invites you to emerge yourself into their world as the stage becomes a pirate ship, the ocean, a dungeon and an island.

Hailed for its creativity on Broadway, the play inspired many, including Director David Rexrod (Big Fish, Boeing Boeing), who hoped to one day have the chance to work on a production of the show after witnessing the creativity that had gone into the Off-Broadway stage production. Other Production Staff includes Music Director Marsha Parsons (Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music), Technical Director Bartolo Cannizzaro, a ten year veteran of theatre, dance and opera both nationally and internationally, Assistant Director Mary Lucas (Big Fish & Boeing Boeing Company,) and Stage Manager McKenzie Cameron (The Hobbit, Pinocchio Jr, Annie Jr).

Other principle cast includes Sarah Sunnie Boggs (Teacher), Braden Deguzman (Hawking Clam), Phillip Essenmacher (Prentiss), Tanre Franklin (Bill Slank), Zack Graham (Fighting Prawn / Grempkin), Robin Guirantes (Captain Robert Falcon Scott), George Hines (Alf), Bill Knotts (Lord Leonard Aster), Tim Kuehne (Smee), Branden Medendorp (Sanchez), Shawn Price (Mrs. Bumbrake), Landen Stengel (Ted), and Ellie Marie Yeater (Mack).

Peter and the Starcatcher is rated PG and was originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions and is presented by the Actors Guild of Parkersburg through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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