Students at BYU-Idaho have the opportunity to see the magic of never growing up in the theater performance of Peter and The Starcatcher.
The production will continue in room 115, the Snow Drama Theatre of the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, March 22 through Friday, March 25 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 from 2-4 p.m.
“Peter and The Starcatcher is based off of a children’s book by a similar name,” said Ned Wilcock, a sophomore studying web design who performs as Prentice, a lost boy. “It starts out in England with some orphans who are being sold into slavery on this fantastic journey. Over the course of time, they end up on this island. It sets the stage for the story of Peter Pan, which everyone knows and loves.”
Emma Welch, a freshman majoring in theater studies who performs as Molly Aster, said a character’s persistence is key to accomplishing their goals in this play.
Wilcock said his character, Prentice, desires to be a strong leader but endures rejection. He does not allow that to interfere with his deep devotion to his friend’s comradery.
Welch said her character Molly Aster was insistent on making her father proud by becoming a great leader. She said Molly Aster had much to learn but she never gave up.
“Be confident,” Welch said. “If you have a plan in life, stick to it. If you have a dream, go after it with everything that you have. If it doesn’t work out, then improvise. Look out for the people around you.”
Roger Merrill, theater department faculty member and director of Peter and The Starcatcher, said the message of the show is for individuals to realize their dreams and then take action to make it happen.
“Decide what you want to be and go for it,” Merrill said.
Wilcock said the show is unique because it has a simple design.
“It’s left very much up to the imagination of the actors and the imagination of the audience,” Wilcock said.
Merrill said the play requires the audience to use their imagination because of the unique props.
“This play asks us to do that in very specific ways,” Merrill said. “There’s a rope that represents the doorway or the ocean or a whip, all these different things and it’s OK because as audience members we give ourselves to that experience willingly. We use all of those devices of theater in a very effect way.”
Welch said the magic is not something they can perform.
“You have to just try to live in the moment and feel the moment,” Welch said. “It’s not a technique. You can’t break it down. Just feel it. It’s a magical show.”
Wilcock said theater does not attempt to replicate a movie. He said it forces you to pretend that it is real life.
“Theater is all about suspending our disbelief,” Merrill said. “We go into a theater, and we give ourselves to the experience. We know it’s not real but accept it as reality for two hours.”
Janice Munk, assistant stage manager and a senior majoring in theater studies, said the magic backstage helps create the magic on stage.
“Everyone has to be very connected, Wilcock said. “We have created a very strong bond.”
Welch said it took a month and a half of daily rehearsal to make the show as magical and meaningful as it is.
The event costs $3 for BYU-I students and $6 for the general public, according to the events calendar.
“Please come and see the show,” Merrill said. “It’s awesome.”