The Theater Arts Department at Las Positas College is presenting the Tony Award-winning play, "Peter and the Starcatcher," during the next two weekends.
Based on the best-selling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play upends the well-known old story of an orphan boy who became Peter Pan, the fabled youngster who never grows up.
"It feels like a story of make-believe in a grandparent's attic, full of fantasy and drama and absolute possibility," director Titian Lish said. "I was reminded that actors were once called players, theaters once called playhouses, and so after the suspension of make-believe of the last year and a half, it felt necessary to return to a sense of play."
From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, "Peter and the Starcatcher" playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.
The journey of a young orphan and his mates shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island quickly becomes a thrilling adventure when a precocious young Starcatcher-in-training named Molly discovers the boys and realizes the ship's cargo is a powerful celestial substance.
Lish said she was struck by the "magical quality and sense of play" in "Peter and the Starcatcher."
"I hope that the audience finds the magic in the production, and in themselves, as we journey back into live theater together," she said.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 5-7 at the Barbara F. Mertes Center for the Arts indoor main stage on Las Positas College campus, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.
Twenty student-actors portray the more than 100 characters who bring the story to life: Matt Bessiere, Nikki Bonato, Marissa Ferreira, Colin FitzMaurice, Stephanie Ann Foster, Megan Geiger, Danny Georgiev, Mathew Glynn, Eduardo Gonzalez, Jasmine Guerrero, Alexandria Lish, James Perry, Gabby Pinto, Tucker Price, Lysander Sahagun, Logan Schluntz, Jared Sigman, Xander Struckmann and Jonathan Weiss.
Anthony Lopez serves as stage manager; John Kelly, technical director; Karl Haller, stage technician; Mike Rinaldi, lighting technician; Devin Gregory, scenic designer; and Jennifer Gogh, costume designer.
Tickets range from $10-$20 and can be purchased at laspositascollege.edu. Audiences will be socially distanced in assigned seating locations, and masks are required.
For the safety of the audience and each other, all members of the cast are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.