January 3, 2017
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Cottage Theatre opens 2017 season with Peter and the Starcatcher February 3
Cottage Grove, OR -- Cottage Theatre opens its 35th season in February with a fantastical high-seas adventure to Neverland. Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice, is based on the best-selling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and will run for three weekends at Cottage Theatre from February 3 through 19.
A family-friendly production for adventurers of all ages, Peter and the Starcatcher provides a fantastical backstory for the century-old character of Peter Pan. In this wickedly imaginative play, a nameless orphan and his mates are shipped off from England to a distant island. At sea, “Boy” is befriended by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that a mysterious trunk in the Captain’s cabin contains a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by the fearsome Black Stache, the journey quickly becomes a high-stakes adventure. 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.
Cottage Theatre's production of Peter and the Starcatcher is directed and designed by Tony Rust, with costume design by Rhonda Turnquist, and lighting design by Amanda Ferguson. The cast features Sheldon Hall as Boy/Peter and Stefhani Anderson as Molly Aster, along with Mark Allen, Sophie Blades, Josh Carlton, John Eckstine, Dale Flynn, Joel Ibanez, Keith Kessler, Angela Pearson, Samuel Pearson, and Kory Weimer. The cast will be accompanied by Keri Davis on piano and Matthew Goes on percussion.
Peter and the Starcatcher runs for twelve performances at Cottage Theatre from February 3-19. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm, with an added Saturday matinee on February 18 at 2:30 pm.
Peter and the Starcatcher is the first of six shows in Cottage Theatre's 35th anniversary season. The 2017 season also includes the musical comedy whodunit, Curtains, in April followed by Oscar Wilde's timeless classic, The Importance of Being Earnest, in June. August brings the unlikely pairing of two great writers: American playwright Neil Simon and Russian playwright Anton Chekhov in The Good Doctor. Next up in October is the thrilling musical juxtaposition of good and evil with Jekyll & Hyde, based on the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cottage Theatre's 2017 season concludes in December with a wonderfully fun show for the whole family, Seussical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss.
2017 Season tickets are available through February 3, 2017. Subscribers get first choice of seats and save about 30% off the cost of single tickets, which are $25 for adults and $15 for youth (age 6 - 18).
Both Peter and the Starcatcher show tickets and 2017 season tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances. All seating is reserved and advance purchase is recommended.