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.
Jack Cascarelli, 17, who plays Peter, is currently a senior at Howell High School, and his main activity/hobby is drama and performing arts. His father is Mark Cascarelli; his mother is Amy Holdcraft; and his stepfather is Phil Holdcraft. He has three siblings: Kyle, Nathan, and Mary. He may play rugby this spring. His future plans are to end up at Wayne State studying some form of theater.
How did you get involved with the production?
I have been mainly involved in drama since my junior year and I really loved it. I was in a couple of smaller roles, but really wanted to shoot for the lead role with it being my senior year. When I heard the play was “Peter and the Starcatcher,” I watched a few videos and read up a little bit about it and really loved the story. I auditioned for the role of Peter, got a call back for it, and just so happened to get the role.
Have you been in any other theatrical productions? If so, what roles did you play?
I was in a total of three productions before this play. I was a bodyguard in last years fall play and had no speaking lines. I was a guy that just stood there that looked tough and moved things/people. I was in two student lead productions on our smaller stage. I didn’t have a big role in any of those either. I was in a about 3 scenes or less for each.
What do you most enjoy about being part of the production?
I love the cast and director with all my heart. This cast is the best cast I’ve ever worked with. The guys are so incredibly close with each other, but we’re also very close with the girls as well. Overall this cast is just so loving and supportive of everyone and cares about this production so much. Our director, Malo, is an amazing director and mentor to us and the show wouldn’t be the same without her leading all of us.
Who is/are your inspiration(s)? Why?
My brother Kyle is my biggest inspiration. He is the one who made get involved with drama because he knew I would like it. He does what he loves and has a passion for. He’s such a caring and loving person and is honestly one of the best brothers anyone could have. What’s your favorite part of the experience of being in the production?
Building relations with the rest of the cast is such an amazing experience. Our cast is on the smaller side and being able to be so close to every single one of them and help each other bring this story to life is so beautiful to me.
What can audience members expect when they see the show?
The audience can expect to be using their imagination a ton. They will have a strong connection with Peter and Molly throughout the show, with many different emotions coming and going throughout. They will be brought back to the joys of being a kid again through imagination and storytelling. They will be mesmerized with this story, set, and cast.
“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 http://howellperformingarts.ludus.com.