Photos: Opening night of “Peter and the Starcatcher” national tour launch in Denver

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By John Moore
Aug. 22, 2013

For the second straight year, Denver was chosen to host the launch of a major new national touring production. Last year: “The Book of Mormon.” This year: “Peter and the Starcatcher,” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This grown-up prequel to “Peter Pan” is a fun romp through the Neverland you never knew. A cast of 12 actors armed only with clever stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination tell the quick-moving tale of the nameless boy who becomes Peter Pan. It is a mayhem-filled evening the New York Times hailed as “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades.” The cast features Joey deBettencourt (Boy), Megan Stern (Molly), John Sanders (Black Stache), Harter Clingman (Alf), Jimonn Cole (Slank), Nathan Hosner (Lord Aster), Carl Howell (Prentiss), Ian Michael Stuart (Captain Scott), Benjamin Schrader (Mrs. Bumbrake), Luke Smith (Smee), Edward Tournier (Ted), Lee Zarrett (Fighting Prawn), Ben Beckley, Robert Franklin Neill, Rachel Prather and Nick Vidal. Directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s home page . All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. To see the full “Opening Nights” photo series to date, click here.

From left: John Sanders (Black Stache), Megan Stern (Molly) and Joey deBettencourt (Boy).


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