Actors Guild of Parkersburg ready for next show

‘Peter and Starcatcher’ presented

Photo by Wayne Towner Marty Jellison, left, as Black Stache, tries to get a key from Lord Leonard Aster, center, played by Bill Knotts in the Actors Guild of Parkersburg production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will be presenting “Peter and the Starcatcher” for two weekends in January.

The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The show is rated PG.

“Peter and The Starcatcher” tells the story about how Peter Pan went from an orphaned boy to a hero. The play is by Rick Elice based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson with music by Wayne Barker.

The cast features Tru Hill as Molly Aster, Ethan Schaffer as Boy/Peter, Marty Jellison as Black Stache, Tim Kuehne as Smee, Bill Knotts as Lord Leonard Aster, Landen Stengel as Ted, Phillip Essenmacher as Prentiss, Shawn Price as Mrs. Bumbrake, George Hines as Alf, Zach Graham as Fighting Prawn/Grempkin, Robert Francis as Bill Slank, Braden Deguzman as Hawking Clam, Robbin Guirantes as Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sarah Sunnie Boggs as Teacher and Ellie Yeater and Braden Medendorp as the Ensemble.

The production staff features David Rexroad as director, Mary Lucas as assistant director, Marsha Parsons as musical director, Bartolo Cannizzaro as technical director, Maggie Angle as costumer, Pam Salisbury with props, McKenzie Cameron as stage manager, Mary Catherine Augstkalns as production assistant and Charles Matthews as adviser.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo.

At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates — led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own — the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.