Wheaton Drama puts on final weekend of 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Wheaton Drama is wrapping up its production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" this weekend.

It provides a humorous and fantastical back story for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis, Captain Hook.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thurday to Saturday, June 9-11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Wheaton Drama, 111 N. Hale in downtown Wheaton.

The Tony Award-winning play was written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker, based on a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

In this wickedly imaginative and family-friendly play, meet a poor orphaned boy called simply "Boy," because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name.

Boy's sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly.

The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, the heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache.

As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love and friendship and forge an unbreakable bond.

Peter is played by Jake Murphy, with Ellie Paulsen as Molly Aster and Christopher Williams as Lord Leonard Aster. Other cast members include: David Pham as Prentiss, Mike Frale as Ted, Shane Brown as Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher, Melissa Heeres as Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Benedict Slabik as The Black Stache, Heidi Schultz as Bill Slank/Hawking Clam, Leah Rae Witt as Grempkin/Mack/Sanchez, Aaron Hoge as Smee, and Matt Johnson as Alf.

For tickets, visit the Wheaton Drama website,, or call the ticket line directly at (630) 260-1820.

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