The Tony-winning play, based on the best-selling novels, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan.Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. 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.

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.

**Note: This show is rated PG. 

Those wishing to audition should note that this show will require more focus, stamina, and maturity from performers than other shows. Minimum age is 10, recommended age is 12+ to audition for the show. Please reach out with any questions. 

Production Schedule (See also printable)
Tues 12/5 7p-7:45p - Informational Zoom Session
Fri 12/8 6p-9p - Auditions
Sat 12/9 9a-4p - 1st Rehearsal
Tues 12/12 6p-8p - Master Class #1
Fri 12/15 6p-9p - Rehearsal
Sat 12/16 9a-4p - Rehearsal
Fri 12/29 9a-5p - Rehearsal
Fri 1/5 6p-9p - Rehearsal
Sat 1/6 9a-4p - Rehearsal
Tues 1/9 6p-8p - Master Class #2
Fri 1/12 6p-9p - Rehearsal
Sat 1/13 9a-4p - Rehearsal
Tues 1/16 6p-8p - Master Class #3
Fri 1/19 6p-9p - Rehearsal
Sat 1/20 9a-4p - Rehearsal
Wed 1/23 6p-8p - Master Class #4
Fri 1/26 6p-9p - Rehearsal
Sat 1/27 9a-5p - Super Saturday
Mon 1/19- Sat 2/3 - Tech and Performance Week 

Dates / Times:

Tickets go on sale Monday December 18, 2023 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:

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10701 Mary Ann Cleaveland Way , Tucson , AZ 85747


Black Stache

A notorious pirate, terrorizing the seven seas in search of a worthy adversary. Heartless, hirsute, and suspiciously well read. Partial to the poetical and theatrical, which causes him to behave quite flamboyantly.

Molly Aster

A young girl and Starcatcher apprentice who is taken aboard the Neverland as precious cargo. Curious and intelligent, she is only beginning to understand the confusing romantic longings that come with her age. She will risk anything for the sake of what is right.


A lonely and hardened orphan who doesn't miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. He wants a home and a family more than anything, and dreams of a life of being free.


The schoolmaster of St. Norbert's Orphanage for Lost Boys. Mean and malodorous, he revels in keeping his boys in the dark and malnourished.

Mrs. Bumbrake

Molly's nanny, a stereotypical British cad and outfitted with the duty of teaching Molly about womanhood. She still has enough charm in her age to attract a sailor or two.

Bill Slank

The vicious orphaned captain of the Neverland. Does not possess the capacity to lead anyone but himself, which puts himself constantly in disaster. Greedy enough to send boys to their doom for the chance of gaining starstuff.


Black Stache's first mate. He is single-mindedly dedicated to his captain's every whim.


An orphan, ambitious, hyper articulate, and logical. He yearns to be leader, even when he knows in his heart that he'll never be one. A bit of a blowhard with a touch of cowardice.


A seafarer, an old sea dog proud of his tenure. His kind heart gives him an appeal to the feminine sensibility.

Lord Leonard Aster

Molly's father, a loyal subject to the Queen. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott

Lord Aster's old school friend, the captain of the Wasp, Britain's fastest frigate. Lives with nautical bravura and heroic patriotism.


An orphan obsessed with food. A natural performer with easy wit and quite poetic language.


Sailors; Seamen; Seafarers; Orphans; Pirates; Mermaids; Mollusks; Narrators