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Miss Hall's Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
02:43PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2016
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PITTSFIELD — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will take to the high seas this fall, pursuing the story of how Peter Pan became "The Boy Who Never Grew Up" and performing the award-winning play "Peter and the Starcatcher." Shows will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11; at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12; and in a matinee at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Based on the best-selling novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. It opens with a young orphan and his two companions shipping out aboard the Neverland from Victorian England to a distant island. Also on board is a trunk of powerful "starstuff" that a young girl named Molly, a "Starcatcher-in-Training," knows must not fall into the wrong hands. When the Neverland is taken over by a gang of fierce pirates led by Black Stache, the adventure really begins.

The performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Call 413-443-6401 for tickets and reservations.

All students in the performance play several characters. The production stars senior Sylvia Turner as the Boy (Peter); sophomore Jasmine Briggs as Molly; and first-year Olivia Finston-Fox, of Monterey, as the pirate Black Stache. Junior Jayme McGuigan, of Pittsfield, plays Smee, Black Stache's first mate; senior Josie Dorsey is Lord Leonard Aster, Molly's father; and sophomore Ariel Hogan, of Hillsdale, N.Y., and junior Vyn Balkandzhieva are Peter's companions, Ted and Prentiss.

Performers also include sophomore Ainsley Schuth as Mrs. Bumbrake and Teacher; senior Maya Finston-Fox, of Monterey, as Alf; first-year Erica Morales-Armstrong as several characters — Grempkin, Mack, Sanchez, and the Fighting Prawn; junior Judy Li as Captain Scott; and junior Michela Laurin, of Pittsfield, as Slank and Hawking Clam.

The production's technical crew includes stage manager Marianne Vormer, a senior from Philmont, N.Y.; assistant stage manager Lilly Climo, a junior from Great Barrington; and wardrobe assistants Faia Kronick, a sophomore from Pittsfield, and first-year Lomesia Allen. The show is directed by Jennifer Jordan, director of theater and dance at Miss Hall's School.

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