SPFHS theatre department presents “Peter and the Starcatcher”

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Katya Avila

The SPFHS theatre department held their fourth annual fall drama, “Peter and the Starcatcher” on the nights of Friday Nov. 16 and Saturday Nov. 17. This year’s production was directed by a new director, Morgan Knight, and was student-directed by senior Grace Ahlin. The play also had a larger cast than past years. Not only were there several standout lead roles, but there was a large ensemble that contributed greatly to the performance.
 
The play was filled with both strong acting and laughs. “Peter and the Starcatcher” serves as a prequel to the classic “Peter Pan” story, following the characters Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling, Tinkerbell and Hook when Mrs. Darling is a child: Molly Aster.
 
“My favorite part of the play was working the set into the story and building the ship, and then the world of Neverland with the things we had available.” said Ahlin, who played Molly Aster.
 
There were many standout comedic moments throughout the play, including a scene with mermaids, where cast members wore fish tails and mermaid bras/ tank tops while singing a song.
 
“Act two began with a song about how ‘starstuff’ [magical little bits of fallen stars] turned fish into mermaids,” said Ahlin. “This was sung by almost the whole cast and was a bit of a break from the story. For each performance it was an audience favorite!”
 
The student actors began rehearsing for their production back in October. They were hard at work for weeks–learning their lines, staging the scenes and getting in character–in order to ensure the play was as successful as possible.
 
“Peter and the Starcatcher” was a hit among the students, teachers and parents that came to see the production. Overall, it was very successful and the fall play is a tradition that will hopefully continue for years to come.
 
Now, the theatre department is preparing for their spring musical: “Mamma Mia.”