Peter and the Starcatcher Review

By Jessica Sanders and Adam Enz

Clap if you believe that a play can set flight to your imagination and tickle your funny bone while it sprinkles you with star stuff (a.k.a. fairy dust). I don’t hear a lot of clapping. You must not have gone to see Peter and the Starcatcher, which was playing at the Legacy theatre in Springfield these past few weekends.

The Legacy is a theatre that originated in 1951, but closed in 2004. Just recently, in 2011, the theatre was purchased and dolled up to the beautiful theatre seen today. If you arrive at the theatre early, head downstairs to the bar, where a photo opportunity is awaiting. For Peter and the Starcatcher, the theatre had the front of a pirate ship for you to take a picture in. Once it is show time, head back upstairs and take your seat; there’s not a bad one in the house! After the show, weather permitting, head outside to the new courtyard and meet the cast and crew. This gives theatergoers a great chance to chat with the cast about the production. What a neat experience!

              Now, onto the play. Peter and the Starcatcher was expertly executed in a way that only a “class A” troupe would deliver. The entire production came to exist solely by the cast and crew’s volunteered time and talent.

           One of the most interesting and entertaining aspects of the performance was how the whole cast doubled as their characters in addition to the stage effects & scenery.  Whether it’s people acting as doors or the ocean, it added freshness to the narrative. It was not just hilarious, but in many cases it was fascinating to try and guess what they were trying to make out of themselves. This was minimalism at its best and brightest.  I kid you not, they manage to recreate an epic battle between two pirate ships and the stormy sea with just five actors.

              Laughter could be heard throughout the play. There was nothing that the cast and crew could have done any better than what they already had; the play was outstanding. Every person on the stage belonged there, which after talking to a local theatregoer, this is not uncommon for productions at the Legacy. After chatting with actor Terry Jones, who played Alf, it became apparent that the whole cast had suburb chemistry. Their hard work brought life and an effervescent atmosphere to the set pieces. From the twinkling lanterns hanging atop the stage, to the tiny ships on stage left and right sitting atop treasure chests. One of the most comical parts had to have been after the intermission as the whole assembly of mermaids gave arousing song and dance.

This is all of just a fraction of the halite that this show had to offer. If you are a big Peter Pan fan, we highly recommend going to see this show. It may not be playing at the Legacy anymore, but it is a popular play and there will be another opportunity to see it again some day.

             For all these reasons and more, you have to witness the show in order to appreciate it for all it’s worth. The show had us believing and clapping from the first bar to the final bow. Bravo!

Jessica Sanders, from Woodstock, Illinois, is a junior majoring in English with a concentration in Secondary Education. Jessica is a member of the IC Women’s Chorale and is the Editor in Chief of The Rambler.

Adam E. Enz, from South Jacksonville, Illinois is a junior majoring in Communication and Women & Gender Studies. Adam is the Photo Editor for the Rambler. Adam has enjoyed running for IC Cross Country the last few years as well as working for the IC Archives.

 

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