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.

This production is presented IN THE ROUND!  Please note when purchasing your tickets that seats are designated by side of the room (north, south, east and west) and then by row and seat number.  Black seats indicate an aisle or empty space.  The seating map is not to scale and rows are on risers to allow for ease of viewing from all seats.  There is not one side of the stage that is better than the others.

Directed by ariZoni nominated Elise Palma

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Feb 4th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 5th @ 2:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 6th @ 2:00pm
  • Thursday, Feb 10th @ 10:00am  
  • Friday, Feb 11th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 12th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 12th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 13th @ 2:00pm
  • School Days Performance

Ticket Prices:

* Prices may vary by performance.

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center BLACK BOX:

33606 N 60th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85266


Boy (Peter)

  • Miles Gustafson
A boy who doesn't miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. A survivor. More than anything in the world, he wants a home and a family. If he could grow up, he'd fall for Molly in a big way. But it'll never happen.


  • Bria Lindblade
Ambitious, hyper-articulate, logical; yearns to be a leader, even as he knows in his heart that he never shall be one. A bit of a blow hard with just the teeny-tiniest touch of cowardice.


  • Elaina Doran-Bakayoko
Obsessed with food: the eating of, the fighting over, the dreaming about. A natural actor, an easy wit, perhaps a future poet. Called "Tubby" by Prentiss, though not due to girth, of which orphans, given their meager diets, have very little indeed.

Molly Aster

  • Elise Carpenter
A true leader at a time when girls are mostly followers. Will risk everything for the sake of Doing Right. Curious, intelligent, beginning to feel things she doesn't yet understand-romantic longings that revert to childish tantrums under pressure---because, after all, she's a thirteen-year-old kid. She'll be a great woman one day.

Lord Leonard Aster

  • Dillon Fifield
The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, loyal subject to the Queen, devoted father, faithful friend. Also, and not irrelevant to our story, Lord Aster is a Starcatcher-dedicated to protecting the Earth and all who dwell thereon from the awesome power of starstuff.

Mrs. Bumbrake

  • Eva Britton
Molly's nanny. British to the bone. Still has enough of her girlish charm to turn a sailor's head and leaven his dreams. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott

  • Julia Norden
Captain of Britain's fastest frigate, the Wasp. Years later, he will lead an expeditionary team to the South Pole, freeze to death, and become the iconic British hero, Scott of the Antarctic.


  • Carlee Howard
The mean and malodorous schoolmaster of St. Norbert's Orphanage for Lost Boys. Likes to keep his boys in the dark, as sunlight is known to feed rebellious notions.

Bill Slank

  • Josh Swedler
The Neverland's vicious captain, without the skill or quality to lead anyone but himself, and always into disaster. A greedy sailor who'd sell his own mother for a ship to command and send boys to their doom for the favor of those who would use starstuff for personal gain, global domination, or worse. An orphan, too.


  • Lacaya Medina
An old sea dog. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility-might be his bowlegs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart.


  • Chloe Boonzaayer
A very bad sailor who wants to be anywhere but under the thumb of Bill Slank.

Black Stache

  • Jacob Currie
Long after everyone else got out of the pirate business, Black Stache continues to terrorize the seven seas in search of a hero worthy of his villainy. Famous for his face foliage, he started shaving at age ten, had a bushy handlebar by eleven, and the blood of twenty crews on his hands by twelve. Heartless and hirsute, suspiciously well read, partial to the poetical and theatrical, and given to a ferocity from which no good shall ever spring.


  • Hannah Cilliers
First mate to Black Stache. Single-mindedly dedicated to his captain's every whim. His motto: "'Tis good to be busy."


  • Faith MacGregor
A hardworking Spanish pirate with an identity crisis.

Fighting Prawn

  • Alexis Stoltz
King of the Mollusks, son of Jumbo Prawn and Littleneck Clam. Kidnapped by British sailors and brought in chains to England, he served as sous-chef in a country estate in Derbyshire, where, for no good reason, he learned Italian wines and mastered Italian cuisine. Since returning to his island kingdom, he vengefully murders any English with the temerity to land on his Mollusk Isle domain.

Hawking Clam

  • Charlie Bradley
Son of Fighting Prawn and Sweet'n'Sour Shrimp. One day, he will ascend the Clam throne as head of the Royal Clam Clan.


  • Megan Messmer
Formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid.


  • Annaliese Saunders


  • Jordana Saunders

Narrator Boy


Narrator Prentiss

  • Ayla Grieser

Narrator Ted

  • Audrey Church

Narrator Molly

  • Ariana Latvaaho

Narrator Mrs. Bumbrake

  • Megan Messmer

Narrator Scott

  • Charlie Bradley

Narrator Slank

  • Truman Seiler V

Narrator Alf

  • Hannah Lindblade

Narrator Grempkin

  • Alexis Stoltz

Narrator Greggors/Smee

  • Madison Silva

Narrator Aster


Narrator Stache

  • Eva Britton

Boxing Announcer

  • Ella Cupo

Narrator Mack

  • Marley Johnson-Ordonez

Narrator Fighting Prawn

  • Chloe Boonzaayer

Narrator Hawking Clam

  • Hannah Lindblade

Mollusks, Pirates, Mermaids

  • Abigail Bradley
  • Annaliese Saunders
  • Annika Bergquist
  • Carlee Howard
  • Ella Cupo
  • Jordana Saunders
  • Katelyn Fifield
  • Mackenzie Silva
  • Madison Silva
  • Piper Stead
  • Truman Seiler V


Directing Intern

  • Dillon Fifield