CCP to perform “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Beginning Friday, Oct. 8, Cumberland County Playhouse’s Adventure Theater will be filled with ocean voyages, storms at sea, trustworthy British naval officers, and treacherous pirates as CCP presents “Peter and the Starcatcher”.

“I’m so fortunate to work on this wildly inventive play,” said Education Director Weslie Webster, who directs the show. “And I’m always grateful to work with these wonderfully creative and inventive actors.”

This Tony Award-winning “grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan” features a baker’s dozen of intrepid actors who take the audience on a journey that’s filled to the brim with theatrical magic.

They call him Boy, the orphan without a name (Cory Clark). One day he and his mates are whisked onto the good ship Neverland, which is bound for a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff.

Once onboard, Boy befriends a precocious apprentice Starcatcher named Molly (DeAnna Helgeson), who reveals that the Neverland is secretly carrying a trunk filled with starstuff. But the ship is soon overrun by the notorious Black Stache (Jason Ross) and his pirate crew. If the starstuff falls into Black Stache’s hands, his every evil wish could become reality.

Also featured in the cast are Christian Melhuish and Paul Gary as the orphans Prentiss and Ted, Jensen Crain-Foster as Black Stache’s henchman Smee, Daniel Black as Gremkin, Charlie Munday as Bill Slank, Emma Jordan as Alf, Justin Burr as Molly’s Nanny Mrs. Bumbrake, Bradley Moore as Molly’s father Lord Aster, Michael Ruff as Captain Scott, and Jacob Alexander as Sanchez.

The boy without a name becomes The Boy Who Would Not Grow up in “Peter and the Starcatcher”, a swashbuckling tale of yesteryear, infused with the pop culture imagery of today.

“Peter and the Starcatcher”, rated PG, runs through November 11.

“Little House on the Prairie, the Musical”, rated G, continues on the Mainstage through October 28, and “Scrooge, the Musical”, also rated G, will be on the Mainstage November 5 through December 18.

All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by Tennessee Arts Commission, Playhouse media sponsor Crossville Chronicle, and Playhouse Season Partners Plateau Pediatrics and Tim and Susan Tewalt.

Cumberland County Playhouse is located at 221 Tennessee Avenue in Crossville.