Grant Stocker enjoys building a family atmosphere during production

The Howell High School Performing Arts Department brings the Tony Award-winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher” to the stage of the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center. From now until opening night, we are profiling cast members of the production.

Grant Stocker, 17, plays Mrs. Bumbrake in the Howell High School production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The son of Thomas Stocker and Diane Stocker, he has three sisters. A senior, Stocker is active in rugby and ITS, and enjoys spending time with his friends. After graduation, he’ll attend Washtenaw Community College before transferring to another school.

How did you get involved with the production? 
Last year I was offered to be crew chief for “Twelfth Night,” and through that small experience I decided to participate in other productions including a blackbox in the following spring, and then auditioning this fall for Peter.

Grant Stocker

Have you been in any other theatrical productions? If so, what roles did you play?
In “Twelfth Night,” I was crew chief and so I was pulling the stage drops up and down, and opening and closing the curtain mostly. In the spring I auditioned for a blackbox, which is a smaller, student led production where I landed a lead role in “Just Regular People.”

What do you most enjoy about being part of the production?
I enjoy the process of going from friends or nothing to a family. Just the experience makes it so much more worth it then everything else.

Who is/are your inspiration(s)? Why?
My biggest inspiration is my sister, Anna. She was in Advanced Drama my freshman and sophomore year and if she didn’t make me audition, I wouldn’t have been able to experience any of the productions I previously mentioned.

What’s your favorite part of the experience of being in the production?
My favorite part of the production is the bond you create with the people around you, and maybe even becoming a role model to the younger ones in the cast. It just kinda makes you feel important and your impact feel more widespread.

What can audience members expect when they see the show?
The audience can expect to have a few memories resurface of times where they had to use their imaginations that they had as a child, and to paint a picture in the mind. It allows the setting to be interpreted by just about everyone in whatever way they feel.

“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


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