Learn Peter Pan’s past at Capital City Productions’ latest show

Submitted photo/Laura Vedenhaupt Carson Crain, aloft, plays Peter Pan alongside Brandon McElwain, left, as Black Stache and Matthew Raymer as Smee in Capital City Productions “Peter and the Star Catcher.”

Pirates, magic and plenty of action will join the stage at Capital City Productions' premiere of "Peter and the Star Catcher."

A prequel to the Peter Pan story you know and love, this fun adventure follows many of the same characters to tell their story of how they became who they are.

"Every character in the story goes through a story arc which is a really great thing in good theater," director Laura Vedenhaupt said. "They begin one way, they go through these experiences and they end up another way, so by the end of the show, you go, 'Oh, I recognize Peter Pan, I recognize Captain Hook,' but they didn't start out that way in the beginning of the show."

Vedenhaupt said the show features a very minimal set since almost every scene has at least one actor talking to the audience.

"So we're inviting people to use their imagination to pretend that these are our ships and sails and we're out in the ocean or pretend this is a jungle," Vedenhaupt said.

She added, "It's what somebody called the power of community in developing this whole thing."

Out of roughly 40 people who auditioned, about 20 got cast.

The role of Peter Pan will be played by Carson Crain, with understudy Fisher Jones filling the role at the Saturday matinees.

Molly Aster will be played by Maggie Hayton, with understudy Grace Perkins performing as Molly on Saturdays.

Brandon McElwain will play Black Stache, Matthew Raymer will play Smee and Gavin Stout will play Lord Leonard Aster.

Vedenhaupt said about three quarters of the cast is young people.

"And they have really blended seamlessly with my more experienced adult actors and I'm just glad that they have an avenue to experience theater like this," she said.

"Peter and the Star Catcher" opens Oct. 12 and continues Oct. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. and matinees start at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $29 for show-only and $49 for dinner and the show. To purchase tickets, go to ccpjc.org.

  photo  Submitted photo/Laura Vedenhaupt Carson Crain, left, plays Peter Pan and Maggie Hayton plays Molly Aster in Capital City Productions "Peter and the Star Catcher."
  photo  Submitted photo/Laura Vedenhaupt Fisher Jones, left, is the understudy for Peter Pan and Grace Perkins is the understudy for Molly Aster, playing them at the matinee shows of Capital City Productions "Peter and the Star Catcher."