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The Creative Team Behind Peter and the Starcatcher Reveals Childhood Wishes

April 23, 2014

 

Peter and the Starcatcher plays Knight Theater April 29- May 4

Peter and the Starcatcher plays Knight Theater April 29- May 4

Peter and the Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun, will be here in less than a week! Hailed by The New York Times as “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.

You won’t want to miss the magic of Peter and the Starcatcher when it comes to Knight Theater in Charlotte. It is sure to take you back to your childhood and a time when you believed anything was possible!

Check out the childhood wishes from the creative team behind the show:

“As a child, I wished I could fly. Now that I’m a grown-up, I fly all the time, but it’s not what I imagined. In my childhood flight fantasies, I didn’t have to take off my shoes and shuffle through a metal detector so I could cram myself into a seat in a metal tube packed with other people. So now, when I’m sitting in an airport, waiting for a delayed flight, I fantasize about just running outside, raising my arms, soaring into the sky and flying home. Sometimes, in this fantasy, I’m even served a hot meal en route. But of course, that part is totally unrealistic.”

— Dave Barry, co-author of the novel

 

“Pirates and buried treasure captivated my imagination as a kid: washed ashore on a Pacific isle … skullduggery – just the word sounds ominous. (As to the treasure, I’m still digging.)”

— Ridley Pearson, co-author of the novel

 

“I wished I could fly – but am nevertheless terrified of heights.”

— Alex Timbers, co-director

 

“I was born in Britain. British children are not permitted to wish for anything.”

— Roger Rees, co-director

 

“When I was a boy, I wished I could be thinner. And now that I’m an adult, far more devoted to substance over style, I still wish it.”

— Rick Elice, playwright

 

“I wanted to lead a Spike Jones orchestra. I went around the house looking for things I could make sounds with: which pots and pans were tuned to C major; Dad had a long brass wire letter rack which sounded a good “schwing!”; there was a certain brand of sardines packaged in particularly resonant cans; and I could slide-whistle tunes on my nana’s glass turkey baster (with a real rubber bulb – hard to find nowadays). For musical punctuation effects, I had plastic tangrams puzzle pieces which sounded just like breaking glass. And the ne plus ultra was the flushing of the toilet in the upstairs bathroom, an effect I overused. From my father, who knew our plumbing intimately, came the order: only one flush per day!”

— Wayne Barker, composer

 

“When I was a boy, I wished I was invisible. So my dad ignored me for an entire day. I wish more carefully these days, but no less magically …”

— Steven Hoggett, choreographer

 

“When I was a girl, I wished to be a princess. Knowing I was not of royal birth, I was going to have to marry in. Years of self-imposed princess training began at age 6: etiquette, ballroom dancing, reading, tea, horseback riding, etc. When that prince ran into me, he would see I was ready for the big time. And then I hit puberty and wished for an accordion and to be a gypsy.”

— Paloma Young, costume designer

 

“I wanted to be a rock guitarist. Like Eddie Van Halen …”

— Jeff Croiter, lighting designer

 

“When I was a boy, I wished I would grow up to be a rock star. I had fantasies about it ALL the time, being on tour and giving interviews to Rolling Stone magazine. I guess the theater became my rock band.”

— Darron L. West, sound designer

 

“When I was a boy, I believed in magic. My little sister and I would dig up magical “starstuff” crystals from the backyard and hoard them. When I got older and found out our “treasure” was common quartz – not magical or valuable – I told my sister. She got so mad that she threw one right at my head … and I saw stars. Showed me!”

— Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg

 

“Since before I can even remember, my dream was to be a sword fighter. I eventually realized there really was an island that you can fly to where dreams come true!”

— Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum, fight director

 

Don’t miss Peter and the Starcatcher in Knight Theater April 29- May 4! CLICK HERE for ticket information.

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