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Westerville South Theatre Troupe 513 presents “Peter and the Starcatcher” Feb. 1-4

Westerville South Theatre Troupe 513 presents “Peter and the Starcatcher” Feb. 1-4

Westerville South Theatre Director Matt Wolfe had been waiting for the right cast to bring “Peter and the Starcatcher” to the WSHS stage for the first time.

The theatrical adaptation of the bestselling novels tells the origin story of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and other familiar characters. It relies on ensemble acting and features opportunities to dive into rich characters where they can showcase their serious and silly acting chops. 

“As soon as I looked at who our juniors and seniors were, there was no question,” Wolfe said. 

“These are actors… There are leads in the show, but it’s not specifically one person’s story. I wanted them to share the stage together and figure out what that is.”

The show runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 1-3; 2 p.m. Feb. 4 at WSHS’ auditorium. (Purchase tickets here.) 

Based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play dives into the story of a young orphan and his mates who are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who discovers the ship is carrying 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 Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own — the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

“One of the things that we all love about this show the most is that typically when you do a play on stage, it’s harder to get the fantasy, cartoonish element of it but with this show, that’s kind of gone away,” said senior Sammy Gurgiolo, who plays Black Stache. “We get to do things like have a bit more fun or pretend to fly — just all of the things that make it a more fun, fantasy show.” 

Wolfe said the play carries themes that high school students can relate to such as growing up and finding out what family means to them.

It also touches on “what does it mean to love and be a friend even when it’s not pretty or easy,” he said. “So playing with this, allowing them to have these serious moments but at the same time to be able to be goofy and tell a story, I knew it was going to be a good pick for this group.”

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