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  • May 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7 PM

  • May 4, 5 at 1 PM

  • $10

  • North Auditorium

TICKETS: Audience members will be seated directly upon the stage in a “studio environment” to make them part of the action and storytelling.  Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the North Box Office on Monday, April 29th and Thursday, May 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Seating is limited to 112 per performance.   

Star-stuff(n)-- dust that falls from shooting stars and possesses incredible magical properties

Star-catch-er(n)-- an individual appointed by her majesty the Queen of England to dispose of Starstuff so people with evil intentions are unable to use it.

The Appleton North High School theatre department will present the Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher  on May 1ST - 5TH in the Appleton North High School auditorium.  A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play delivers a prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan and provides us with the origins of many of J.M. Barrie’s beloved and iconic characters. Wendy has not yet appeared. Instead, we have Molly, a brave and precocious hero (and Wendy’s future mother,) in a time before girls were encouraged to be heroes. We have no Captain Hook...or rather, we have no Hook  yet. Instead, we have the pirate who shall become Hook, who calls himself Black Stache. We have our orphans, perpetually lost, though not quite yet Lost Boys. We have natives and mermaids and a perilously hungry crocodile. Even Tinker Bell makes an appearance on the island which has yet to be called Neverland.  Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.  Twenty-eight actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters, employing inspired stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. 

North theatre director, Ron Parker, stated, “Peter and the Starcatcher is theatre in its purest form. In the tradition of Story Theatre, the student actors do everything from playing  both characters and narrators, to becoming scenery.  Ordinary household objects are transformed into a myriad of different shapes and forms.  A length of rope becomes a room, a gangway, ocean waves, and the railing of a ship. Locations are changed with a single word.  Audience members become partners with the players in creating the many worlds which the story inhabits.  In keeping with the spirit of the original novel, hilarious modern references are mixed in with Victorian sensibilities to make an evening of theatre that is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. New York Magazine called it,  ‘… a tiny show, but spectacle, wit, and joy spill out of it like treasure from a magic pocket. A couple of trunks, and a versatile length of rope yield more storytelling than most oversize spectaculars can manage. ... A miniature classic.’ It is fun and frantic while at the same time moving and poignant. There is a reason it took Broadway by storm, winning five Tony Awards!  Our cast and crew can’t wait to share this amazing theatrical experience with our community.”

Further information can be found by contacting Ron Parker, director at 832-4300 or via e-mail: .

Cast A - May 1, May 3, May 4 (at 1 PM)

Cast B - May 2, May 4 (at 7 PM), May 5


  • BLACK STACHE—Jack Cain/Dru Swokowski

  • MOLLY—Grace Molter/Emily Tesch

  • BOY—Michaela Frichner/Miles Borkowicz

  • MRS. BUMBRAKE—Meg Cain/Sarah Stephan

  • SMEE—Jando Valdez/Clara Weed

  • LORD ASTER—Sean Flanagan/Mark Woznicki

  • ALF—Bryce Barker/Duleon Schneider

  • PRENTISS—Maria Todorova/Demitri Magas

  • TED—Colton Maichle/Jaydn Martin

  • SLANK*—Keegan Sargent

  • CAPTAIN SCOTT*—Sigrid Lokensgard

  • GREMPKIN*—Aly Heindel

  • MACK*—Carly Kapocius

  • SANCHEZ*—Cassidy Miller

  • FIGHTING PRAWN*—Logan Madson/Ben Peters

  • HAWKING CLAM*—Katie Espinosa/Ruby March-Torme

  • TEACHER*—Emily Hodson

    *Also Narrators

    All doubled characters will provide live Foley (sound/music) effects on stage on their off nights.