WHS theater community all in for ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Curtain will rise in the Watertown auditorium for three shows this weekend: Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Raider Times photo / Karen Guler

Karen Guler, Casey Master, and Kat Fristrom

There is a new show coming up at Watertown High School on Nov. 15-16. The show is “Peter and the Starcatcher,” and it is a prequel to “PeterPan.”

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is all about young Peter Pan and a young girl who will grow up to be the Darlings’ mother. There will be three public performances of the show in the WHS auditorium: Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.

The cast and crew have been working hard for about two months and will continue until the performances. Kacie Kirkpatrick is the director of the play. Ms. K says that people should come to see the show to support the drama program and the students included in it. She said it is fun and different than what you expect in a play based off “Peter Pan.”

“I’m really proud of all of the students that have been involved in the production, everyone working together,” she said. “We can see how theater really helps build community.”

Sarah Vail will be playing the lead, Molly Aster in this year’s production. She is a senior who has been involved in productions at WHS for all four years of her high school career. She thinks that everyone should see this production.

“There are lots of different stories within the show and everyone can relate to something that happens, and it’s good for a laugh,” she said.

Junior Seamus Doyle is playing the male lead. Doyle is new to WHS this year and is a great addition to the theater department. He thinks that there is a lot of good work being put into the show and that it’s very funny.

Andrea McAdam, a senior, is the stage manager of the show. She oversees taking down blocking, which is writing down where the actors move on the stage. She is also the

messenger between the crew and cast members. She is also mentoring a junior to be the stage manager next year.

McAdam says that the shows here at WHS are very involved with the audience and they step into a new world.

“Cast and crew are both able to take the story and interpret it — the cast, who can portray their character in a certain way, and the crew who can decide the feel of the show based on the choice of scene and prop decoration.”

McAdam added that the production will be special because of the people involved.

Toni Carton, also a senior, is the lighting and sound designer for the show, and she is also acting in it. She said that people should come to the show because it’s unique and

doesn’t get a lot of recognition. Carton said that people may think that it’s boring because it’s about Peter Pan, but it’s a really great show and there’s a lot of amazing people working on and off the stage.

All together, everyone involved in the production is working very hard to create an amazing show and it has created a close community.

–Nov. 14, 2019–