Catch “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Howell High School

From L-R: Prentiss (Seth Taylor), Peter (Jack Cascarelli) and Ted (Ben Dean). | Photo by Richard Lim Photography

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This November, the Howell High School Performing Arts Department will bring the Tony Award-winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher” to the stage of the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center. “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets are available at the Howell High School main office and online at

Black Stache (Nic Bishop) and Smee (Nelson Hull) | Photo by Richard Lim Photography

“Peter and the Starcatcher” upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (aka Peter Pan). In the play, a young orphan named Peter (Jack Cascarelli) 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 (Laine Wyatt), 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 (Nic Bishop), a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own, the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Additional cast members of “Peter and the Starcatcher” include Prentiss (Seth Taylor), Ted (Ben Dean) Lord Aster (Colin DeWitt), Mrs. Bumbrake (Grant Stocker), Smee (Nelson Hull), Alf (Danny Maura), Grempkin (Josie Madzik), Captain Scott (Nicole Krakowiak), Sanchez (Devin Douglas), Bill Slank (Tim Atkins), Fighting Prawn (Justin Kerchen Famatiga) and Hawking Clam (Autumn Mullins), Teacher (Bella Golembiewski), Mack (Emily Kasprzak) and Bard (Olivia LaCommare).

L-R: Molly (Lanie Wyatt), Lord Aster (Colin DeWitt), Captain Scott (Nicole Krakowiak) | Photo by Richard Lim Photography

The Howell High School Performing Arts Department will host a sensory-friendly performance of the play on Monday, November 4, at 4:30 p.m. The production is modified to accommodate individuals with sensory needs. These accommodations include lowered sound levels, lower lighting before, during, and after the performance; the audience is free to talk and or leave the performance as needed and limited crowds and visitors to the theatre. The sensory-friendly performance is free and open to the public. For questions about the performance, please contact Amanda Malo at maloa@howellschools.con

The Howell High School Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center is located at 1200 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell.

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