Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company will tell the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be the The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan) at the South Broadway Cultural Center later this month.
Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels. The play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. 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.
“We are so excited to be bring the West Coast premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher to Albuquerque,” said Doug Montoya, co-artist director at Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company. “The show just became a available last year and we’ve had our eyes on it even before it was available for licensing. The show is so fun and crazy.”
In it, 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.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on June 15, 16 and 17 with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 18. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at www.southbroadwaytickets.com.
A non-profit formed December 2004, Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company prides itself on being one of the only children’s theatre companies in Albuquerque that casts children on their ability to perform, not on their ability to pay. CPTC keeps itself viable by generating revenue through ticket sales and grants. It was voted by the readers and editors of Albuquerque The Magazine as one of the top five theatre companies in Albuquerque. Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company is in residence at South Broadway Cultural Center.