MGCCC’s Jefferson Davis Players to present Gulf Coast premiere of “Peter and the Starcatcher”

The Jefferson Davis Players will present the Gulf Coast’s premiere production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” on October 20-23. The cast from Left (bottom to top) are:  Lino Rodriguez, Tory Lariviere, Peyton Glydewell, Shelby Wade, Connor Garon, Joe Stinson, Mattie Coy, Chris Lang, Payton Bellew, Austin Wade, Michael Saucier.  (Not pictured: Drew Gardner)

The Jefferson Davis Players will present the Gulf Coast’s premiere production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” on October 20-23. The cast from Left (bottom to top) are:  Lino Rodriguez, Tory Lariviere, Peyton Glydewell, Shelby Wade, Connor Garon, Joe Stinson, Mattie Coy, Chris Lang, Payton Bellew, Austin Wade, Michael Saucier.  (Not pictured: Drew Gardner)

The Jefferson Davis Players will present the Gulf Coast’s premiere production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” on October 20-23. The play will be held at the Jefferson Davis Campus Fine Arts Auditorium. Evening productions will be on October 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and matinee performances will be October 22-23 at 2 p.m.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” provides a backstory for the character Peter Pan, and serves as a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy.”  The century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Pan is turned upside down.  From jungle tyrants and marauding pirates to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, the play explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

“Let your imagination take you to a Neverland you never knew,” said director Ryan Pierini.   “Within J.M. Barrie’s tale, comes a wonderful story that the JD Players make into a beautiful piece of theatre. After six weeks of rehearsal, we can’t wait for audiences to see it!”

The play is based on the 2006 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and was adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. Music is by Wayne Barker.  It was originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes and Disney Theatrical Productions.

The cast includes Peyton Glydewell, Payton Bellew, Tory LaRiviere, Shelby Wade, Mattie Coy, Joseph Stinson, Christopher Lang, Kendrell McGravey, Michael Saucier, Drew Garner, Conor Garon, Lino Rodriguez and Austin Wade.

Crew members are Ryan Pierini, director; Jasmine Vaughan, stage manager; Destiny Wippler, assistant stage manager; Kevin Dittman and Shelby Wade, box office/house managers; Emily Overmyer and Mattie Coy, box office assistants; Damore Morgan, make-up assistant; Peyton Glydwell, Joseph Stinson, Nicolette Salinas (light board operator), Jade Kramer (spotlight operator), Joshua Boney (spotlight operator), light crew; Zachery Wales, sound board operator; Tyler Smacker, sound; Ari Causey-Farmer, costume manager, Marisol Vanegas, costume assistant; Christopher Lang, Payton Bellew, Mattie Coy, Jacob Anderson and Joshua Hurnyak, set construction; Jacob Anderson, props master; Alyssa Diamond, Shelby Wade, Kristen Terrell, Amanda Smith, Elizabeth Rivera, Ari Causey-Farmer, Emily Overmyer and Joseph Stinson, props crew; and Alyssa Diamond, Ricardo Martinez, Joshua Hurnyak, Jacob Anderson and Kristen Terrell, backstage crew.

“Starcatcher” is a family friendly production that both children and adults will enjoy. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Season passes are only $25.  For tickets, visit mgccc.edu/jd-players/.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.