Reach for the stars Nov. 3-6 with MTSU Theatre’s f...

Reach for the stars Nov. 3-6 with MTSU Theatre’s family-friendly ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

There’s still a berth available for voyagers on the good ships Wasp and Neverland to enjoy MTSU Theatre’s production of the multi-Tony-winning “Peter Pan” prequel “Peter and the Starcatcher” this Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 3-6, in Tucker Theatre.

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Tickets for the family-friendly play, which are $15 general admission and $10 for K-12 students, are available now at and can also be purchased at the Tucker Theatre box office at MTSU’s Boutwell Dramatic Arts Auditorium, 615 Champion Way.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2:30 p.m. for the Sunday, Nov. 6, matinee. MTSU students, faculty and staff can attend free by presenting a current university ID at the box office.

Directed by Department of Theatre and Dance professor Kristi Shamburger, the “Starcatcher” cast and crew will help audiences travel from Victorian England to an unknown island paradise with 13-year-old Molly and her father on The Wasp for an important secret mission from Queen Victoria.

A trio of young orphans on the other ship, The Neverland, also are part of the voyage, and all soon find themselves facing pirates who’ve taken over both vessels and want the valuable contents — shining “starstuff” — inside trunks that belong to the queen.

Thrilling battles, a shipwreck, near-drownings and heroism ensue as the story reveals the origins of Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling, Captain Hook, that sneaky crocodile, a little yellow bird and more, all developed from the 2004 Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson novel that serves as backstory for J.M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy.”

Kristi Shamburger, assistant professor, MTSU Department of Theatre and Dance
Kristi Shamburger

The play, written by Rick Elice and with music by Wayne Barker, earned multiple Tonys for the 2012 season, including the awards for featured actor, sound design, lighting, costumes and scenic design.

Shamburger has directed MTSU Theatre’s last several seasons of big-ticket productions, including “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Godspell,” “9 to 5: The Musical,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,””West Side Story” and “Les Misérables.” She also was at the helm of the 2016 production of “Peter Pan,” which featured flying cast members among its most memorable moments.

Dr. Raphael Bundage, a professor of vocal performance in MTSU’s School of Music, serves as musical director for this production.

More details about the MTSU “Peter and the Starcatcher” production, including a digital program with a full cast and crew listing, are available at

Tucker Theatre is fully accessible for people with disabilities, including hearing, vision and mobility needs.

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The 2022-23 MTSU Department Theatre and Dance schedule, which marks the 11th season of the College of Liberal Arts “MTSU Arts” brand for the university’s fine arts programs, will continue this month with the acclaimed MTSU Dance Theatre’s Fall Dance Concert, set Nov. 17-19. Additional productions set for spring 2023 include:

“The Giver,” Eric Coble’s play based on the Lois Lowry novel, planned Feb. 16-19.

• Julia Cho’s comic drama “The Language Archive,” set March 23-26.

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• The classic musical “Cabaret,” by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb, planned April 6-8.

• The MTSU Dance Theatre’s Spring Dance Concert, set April 20-22.

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