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The Imaginative World of Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and The Starcatcher

Lilly Hanson

We've all had dreams of leaving reality and traveling to a far away, magical place.

Your dreams start to come true as you sink into your seat at the Orpheum Theatre on March 11th as you see the new production of Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher.

Based upon the novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher serves as a prequel to the infamous story of the boy who never grew up. In this… Continue

Added by Lilly Hanson on March 14, 2014 at 12:38am — 1 Comment

Should've Been Called Black Stache and the StarCatcher

Brandon Cayetano

Peter and the StarCatcher


Should’ve Been Called "Black Stache and the StarCatcher"


Peter and the Starcatcher had me both captivated, and bored to death. I have never been on such an emotional roller coaster during a show. Although I had to get used to it, and it had a few bumps in the road, overall, I really did enjoy the play. It’s the prequel to Peter Pan and explains all the backstory to it, from where…


Added by Brandon Jacob Cayetano on March 13, 2014 at 11:44pm — 1 Comment

The Siren Song of the Burly Mermaid

I was super excited to see “Peter and the Starcatcher”.  It was one of my favorite books when I was little and I’ve met both of the authors.  It turns out that the play is way different than the book.  Like, a lot different.  I barely even recognized it.  Which is not to say that it wasn’t good.  Peter was a beautiful play, with an amusing script and a gorgeous set.  It was written by Rick Elice and directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers.  “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be…


Added by Emma Dalen on March 13, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

You Don't Need to Grow Up

Olivia Skjervold

Peter and the Starcatcher


You Don't Need to Grow Up

             Remember when you believed in magic? Can you keep a secret? Yes? Well listen closely because… it still exists. At the Orpheum Theater through March 16, magic still exists. Peter and the Starcatcher is the show for the inner child that is still somewhere inside every one of us. It is the…


Added by Olivia Skjervold on March 13, 2014 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

In-ARGH-uably Charming!

In-ARGH-uably Charming!

Abby Thompson



Peter and the Starcatcher set sail and cruised into the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday, March 11th.  As the lights dim, the audience quickly gets their sea legs and climbs aboard into the prequel to Peter Pan. Originally a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is in-ARGH-uably charming, witty, and in Minneapolis until March 16th.

The original…


Added by Abby Thompson on March 13, 2014 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

Never InevitableLand! - *Peter and the Starcatcher* at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis

     It can’t be easy turning a children’s book into an outstanding musical, but they did it somehow. Peter and the Starcatcher (March 11-16, 2014, Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis), written by Rick Elice, is a theatrical adaptation of the Peter and the Starcatcher book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatcher is the prequel to the Peter Pan stories we all loved as…


Added by Kyle Smeaton on March 13, 2014 at 11:12pm — 1 Comment

Peter, Panned; Oh the Humanity

Peter, Panned; Oh the Humanity 

Maxwell Singer, Critical Review 

Peter and the Starcatcher

Have you ever wished that instead of the the boundless easy out of magic, there was an expanded universe, a less whimsical prequel to Peter Pan? Well, you need not wish anymore. Peter and the Starcatcher, roughly based on the book Peter and the Starcatchers running at the Orpheum  through the 16th of March.…


Added by Maxwell Singer on March 13, 2014 at 11:05pm — 3 Comments

Peter and the Starcatcher Was More Magical Than Stardust!

          A wonderful interpretation of Peter Pan’s prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, was shown to me on Match 11th at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. In this swashbuckling tale Lord Aster is in charge of delivering a treasure to the Queen aboard the Wasp and his pirate enemy Bill Slank has marked the correct box with an X. And then proceeds to switch the two. Lord Asters daughter, Molly, is traveling on The Neverland due to her father’s wishes and…


Added by Jana Abdulkadir on March 13, 2014 at 10:21pm — 1 Comment

Sophistication vs Whimsy... Why Not Both?

Not to be mistaken for a musical with few songs, the play Peter and the Starcatcher - based on the children's novel Peter and the Starcatchers - is a delightfully cheery means of escape. It has the ideal combination of masterful adult theatrics and a whimsical childhood imagination. It tells of the backstory to Peter Pan - Peter Pan: The Prequel, if you will - wherein two ships are battling it out, the Wasp and the Neverland, for two different trunks that were…


Added by Alison Grausam on March 13, 2014 at 10:04pm — 1 Comment

I defiantly saw stars...

There are a finite amount of shows that make me feel things, real emotions that don’t seem to conform to the words I use to describe them. These shows are magic. They find the place deep inside you where theatre speaks to your soul. Peter and the Star Catcher is one of those shows. The brilliant origin story of the most beloved of children’s heroes, Peter Pan, found the spot in me where the raw nerves are and touched all of them. I left the theatre feeling…


Added by Xavier Heim on March 13, 2014 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Peter and the Star Catcher Is Magical

Peter and The Star Catcher, to simply put it, was a gem. The premiss of the play itself is the origin story of the notable childhood classic character, Peter Pan. I was already fond of the concept but after seeing this play, it became one of my favorite plays I have ever seen. That itself should testify for it’s wonder but the cast, the effects as well as staging and story telling wrapped it all together. I had no prior knowledge of the show, besides the information I had gathered from a…


Added by Hannah Reid on March 13, 2014 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD or This Play Is Made of Starstuff

    With dazzlingly simplistic staging, side-splitting and poignant writing, and incredible ensemble work,…


Added by Abilene Olson on March 13, 2014 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

They'll Catch More Than Stars

 Peter and the Starcatcher, playing at the Orpheum Theatre, is not something to miss. It follows the story of an orphan boy on his way to the Kingdom of Rundoon aboard a ship called The Neverland. With his two friends Prentiss and Ted, and the girl he meets aboard The Neverland, the boy, who eventually takes the name Peter, tries to keep a chest of very special material away from the flamboyant pirate, Black Stache. It was just as good as the great book which it is based…


Added by Matthew Maxam on March 13, 2014 at 7:28pm — 1 Comment

Oh My God Doesn't Even Cover It

Get your tickets people, Peter and the Starcatcher is only here until March 16th and this is one show you do not want to miss.

The actors, the set, the book, this entire show is a triumph. The entire audience laughing their way through both acts. The fluidity of the entire show. It was an amazing thing to witness.

The comic relief is by far the best i’ve ever seen. Yet still seamlessly…


Added by Sophie McGrill on March 13, 2014 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment


Peter and the Starcatcher is a prequel to Peter Pan and was displayed Tuesday night at the Orpheum. The story offers an interpretation of how Peter Pan came to be. The first half of the play had no funny business going on as two sides battled across the sea. The second half of the play was quite goofy. I was feeling the second half a lot more than the first half. If one was to think about the play too hard, you could come to the conclusion that the first half of the play was more like the… Continue

Added by Nicholas Pemberton on March 13, 2014 at 6:04pm — 1 Comment

Where is the Second Star to the Right?

George Mulder

Peter and the Star Catcher

Where is the Second Star to the Right?

As a prequel to Peter Pan, you would assume it has to be interesting. Peter and the Starcatcher is a touring production that runs at the Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre from March 11 to March 16. The story is quite complicated. There are two different pirate ships and a girl named Molly who used to be on “The Wasp” is now on “The Neverland” but her dad is the captain of “The Wasp” but he gets overruled by… Continue

Added by George Mulder on March 13, 2014 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

"Peter and the Starcatcher" brings Neverland to the Orpheum!

Peter and the Starcatcher playing at the Orpheum doesn’t need faith, trust, or pixie dust to sweep you off your feet. From the moment the show began to the moment it ended, I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. The cast is so wonderfully adept at creating scenes using their bodies and only a few generic props (they use rope to creative doorways, rooms, and even stairwells!), I was engaged every minute. And even that fantastic display wasn’t what hooked me,…


Added by Anna Gregory on March 13, 2014 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

The Show That Never Grew Up

If you’re like me, you probably read a lot when you were younger, before the to-do lists stretched into the night and deadlines beckoned ominously. Since then, you may have forgotten just how clever the books you used to read were. Peter and the Starcatcher, a show rich in magical realism and the struggle of coming of age (or, in Peter’s case, refusing to do so), is an invitation to remember.

The show is based…


Added by Linnea Thompson Peterson on March 13, 2014 at 5:32pm — 1 Comment

A Show Made of Star Stuff: Why Peter & The Starcatcher Stole my Heart

I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on Peter Pan. Having performed in two different productions of the musical adaptation, I know it front to back, and I have an emotional attachment to it; Peter Pan was the first musical I ever performed in. Last Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to see Peter and the Starcatcher, whose Broadway run earned it 5 Tony Awards in 2012. The show runs…


Added by Christopher Cartwright on March 13, 2014 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Peter and the Starcatcher

    On Tuesday, March 11, I went to see Peter and the Starcatcher and the Orpheum Theatre. I’ve read the book series, so I was excited to see the show. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but it was still really good.

    The actors were all really good. They were very entertaining. They also were able to well portray the emotions the characters were experiencing. I especially liked Edward Tournier, who played Ted. He was super funny and had great comedic timing. I loved his running…


Added by Allie Brown on March 13, 2014 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment


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