Starstruck’s Peter Pan Flies into Fremont

by Helen Chang
Tri-City Voice, January 7, 2014

Swashbuckling pirates, jealous fairies, and a special boy who won’t grow up descend on Fremont with StarStruck Theatre’s production of the musical “Peter Pan,” January 10-26 at the Smith Center at Ohlone College.

“This is our biggest and most ambitious production to date,” said Lori Stokes, StarStruck Theatre founder and artistic director. “Our long-time fans will remember our 2007 production. This time, ‘Peter Pan’ gets a makeover with a cast of 68 teens and youth – our largest ever – dazzling professional flying effects and an avant-garde steampunk look.”

“I see steampunk working very well with the story of Peter Pan,” explains costume designer Leah Schaefer about the retro-futuristic deviation from standard Victorian period clothing. “While Peter and the Lost Boys all utilize nature for their lifestyles, from clothing to weaponry and housing, the pirates use a more processed and manmade method, like gears, goggles, chains, and metal plating.”

The musical, adapted for the stage from the timeless masterpiece by J. M. Barrie, has transported audiences since its 1954 premier to a world of lost boys, Indian maidens, pirate rogues, and mischievous fairies.

In this StarStruck production, musical director Nancy Godfrey leads a live orchestra of 21 musicians in presenting such musical favorites as “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Neverland,” and more. Meanwhile, choreographer Jeanne Batacan-Harper brings her magic touch to the expressive movements of the fairies, the shenanigans of the pirates and Indians, and – in the cast’s favorite number- the irrepressible, percussive rhythms of “Ugg-a-Wugg.”

Stokes extols: “Second star on the right, and straight on till morning – follow us as StarStruck brings you another spectacular production of ‘Peter Pan’!”

Come dressed as your favorite fairy tale character on Sunday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m.; attend the SuperStar donor reception from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. before the performance on Saturday, January 18; or enjoy a Talk Back with actors after the show on Friday, January 24. The Friday, January 17 performance will be ASL interpreted.

Tickets are on sale now by calling the StarStruck box office: (510) 659-1319, or ordering online: http://starstrucktheatre.org/buy-tickets/. (Not recommended for children under age 4.)

Peter Pan
Friday, Jan 10 – Sunday, Jan 26
7:30 p.m., matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Smith Center, Ohlone College
Jackson Theatre
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-1319
http://starstrucktheatre.org/buy-tickets/
Tickets: $17-$26