Peter and the Starcatcher returns to Dobama for the holidays

Luke Wehner as Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher, opening Dec. 1. [Photo: Steve Wagner.]

Peter and the Starcatcher, which won five Tony Awards, returns to Dobama Theatre for the 2016 holiday season. The Plain Dealer named last year’s Dobama production of Starcatcher one of the Top 10 Theater Productions of 2015, and it was an enormous hit with children of all ages.

Starcatcher, a prequel to James M. Barrie’s immortal Peter Pan, finds 13-year-old Molly Aster in the company of pirates, a giant crocodile, and some unusual singing mermaids. Adventures abound as Molly and three orphan boys (one of whom is the future Peter Pan) attempt to return a trunk of precious “starstuff” to her father as the pirate captain Black Stache and his sidekick, Smee, pursue them.

A dozen actors will portray more than 100 characters using talent, theatrical magic and the limitless possibilities of imagination. Among the returning cast members are audience favorites Christopher Bohan as Black Stache, Andrew Gorell as Smee, Luke Wehner as Peter and Molly Israel as Molly.  

Adapted by Rick Elice from a series of young adult novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Starcatcher will be directed this year by Melissa Crum, based on Dobama Artistic Director Nathan Motta’s original production.

Peter and the Starcatcher runs Dec. 2–31, with five performances each week, including Saturday matinees and special matinee performances on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. At a special preview performance on Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., all seats will be $10, general admission.

Children and adults are encouraged to visit the Pirate Dress-Up Station in Dobama’s lobby prior to the performance. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 216-932-3396. Dobama Theatre is located at 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

Jonathan Wilhelm

Jonathan Wilhelm is the associate managing director of Dobama Theatre.

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