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Like Peter and the Starcatcher

  • 1.  Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-12-2019 09:20
    Was wondering if folks can think of some properties, plays or musical, that might be similar to Peter and the Starcatcher in that the script makes use of an ensemble cast, high energy performance, with creative and flexible staging where simple objects become great things?  Any ideas?

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    Michael Johnson
    Trinity NC
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  • 2.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-13-2019 08:52
    Story theatre is my absolute favorite so i produce this as much as possible. Scripts like this include:
    Robert Schenkkan's Fire in the Hole
    Richard Tulloch's The Book of Everything (I couldn't recommend this show any more!)
    946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tipps


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    Jessica Harms
    Theatre Director
    Acton MA
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  • 3.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-14-2019 12:26
    Jessica, thank you for your suggestion of Tulloch's THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING. I have signed up with AustralianPlays.org to preview the script. Since you have done it, do you think it could be made into a one-act (with permission, of course)?

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    Annemarie Bean
    Director of Drama
    Long Trail School
    Dorset VT
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  • 4.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-13-2019 10:49
    I did a production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Ash Girl inspired by PatS a couple of years ago. It is a retelling of Cinderella with the Seven Deadly Sins as characters. It is not as funny and explores  darker themes, but the ensemble and movement work were similar to Peter.
    The Ash Girl
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    The Ash Girl
    In a big old house, Ashgirl lives huddled deep in the protection of an ashy hearth. With her mother dead and her father away, she lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. When the invitation to the ball arrives from the prince, Ashgirl finds the str
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    Brian Bozanich
    Director of Theatre
    Maumee Valley Country Day School
    Toledo OH
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  • 5.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-14-2019 21:41
    Look at Story Theatre and A Company of Wayward Saints.  Both are a lot of fun!





  • 6.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-16-2019 07:14
    Thanks for the suggestions, some other titles that come to mind for me are Godspell and Joseph...  I would prefer to work with a newer piece, this year.

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    Michael Johnson
    Trinity NC
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  • 7.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-16-2019 07:27
    Also written in story theater is The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Both of Jim Leonard's works perform well in this style (The Diviners and Anatomy of Gray). We also used story theater for the fiction sections of Don Zolidis's Monster. 

    The Book of Everything can absolutely be a one act. We used it this past year and won states. It won the year before that in TX. We used different cuttings for different reasons, and I happy to share how we cut it. Our festival allows for 40 minutes. 





  • 8.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 07-17-2019 07:22
    Puffs is super fun. Doing it in the Fall. All 7 years of the harry potter story from the Puff perspective. Def a great ensemble piece. Ron and Hermione are mostly portrayed as just mops Harry is carrying around. In the off Broadway production the sorting hat was a giant one of those folded paper fortune tellers. I recommend

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    Joseph Gels
    Theatre Teacher
    Boston Latin School
    Boston MA
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  • 9.  RE: Like Peter and the Starcatcher

    Posted 08-20-2019 09:03
    Edited by Ginny Butsch 08-20-2019 09:03
    @Michael Johnson

    Interview: the ensemble becomes the TV set, the machine, the operating table, the subway, etc.

    Godspell: the ensemble tells the story with puppetry & any props for wailing wall, animals in Noah’s ark, Samaritan Donkey, etc.

    Maria Stadtmueller
    Kendall Park, NJ

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