Many know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up with his “Lost Boys” by his side, and his rival Captain Hook, the pirate with one hand. Did anyone ever wonder how these two characters came to be who they are, how they both came to live on Neverland, how Peter became forever youthful, or how Captain Hook lost his hand? Greenbush-Middle River High School thespians will perform a musical that will answer these questions– Peter and the Star Catcher– on November 18-20.
Leading a cast of 15, Monique Duray returns to direct another GMR musical, first helping Kaydell Super with the GMR 2011 spring musical before taking over directing duties the following year.
The first part of this humorous story, Duray explained, begins on two ships, the Neverland and the Wasp. Following a ship wreck, the second part takes place on Mollusk Island, becoming known as Neverland later in the show.
So far, the show is coming along very smoothly, thanks in part to this musical not having as many songs as an average one, Duray explained, allowing the cast to spend more time fine tuning on a different aspect of the show.
“There’s singing (and) there’s music, but they don’t just break out into song the way that so many musicals do, so we’ve been able to get a lot farther on some of the technical blocking aspects,” Duray said, “… because they haven’t had to worry about learning a whole set of 16 or 18 songs. They’ve really only had to learn six.”
The shows will take place at 7 pm on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, and at 2 pm on Sunday, November 20 on the GMR High School stage. The cost for admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Duray encourages people to come on and out and fill the seats to support these students.
“I’m hoping we’ve got big, responsive audiences that go down this path with us and can kind of boost our actors up a little bit,” Duray said. “It just feels so good when they’re really engaged in what you’re doing.”
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