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MJC Theater stages high-seas adventure tale featuring Peter Pan
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August Eppler as Peter Pan with Kayla Bennett as Molly from MJC’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher" (Photo by David Todd).

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department will present a Neverland story in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

The production offers family-friendly adventure on the high seas and the faraway Mollusk Island, where an orphan, Peter, and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in a quest to keep a magical secret safe and save the world from evil.

The story — by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker, and directed by MJC Theatre Professor Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell — is a prequel to the classic Peter Pan tale, revealing how the orphan boy meets the pirate Black Stache (the Captain Hook character), becomes Peter Pan, and stays a boy forever in Neverland.

Performances are Saturday, and November 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m., and November 4 at 2 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, located at 435 College Ave., in Modesto. 

The play cast includes August Eppler as Peter Pan; Kayla Bennett as Molly; Joseph Swann as Black Stache, Philip Azevedo as Smee; Christine Ford as Prentiss; Kevin Amiri as Ted; David Davidson as Lord Aster; Sarah Wilson as Mrs. Bumbrake; Aaron Burnett as Alf; Alan Alansalon as Captain Slank/Teacher; Michael Boschi as Captain Scott; David Garcia as Grempkin/Fighting Prawn; Sam Whitler as Hawking Clam; Pablo Hernandez as Mack/Sánchez and Chentelle De La Torre and Rachel Noland as Ensemble. 

Tickets are $11 general admission and $9 for seniors (62 and older) and for students of all ages. Tickets may be purchased at the Auditorium Box Office, Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance, or by calling (209) 575-6776 during these hours.  Tickets may also be purchased in advance online at