These St. Joseph Catholic School students are cast members of the fall production “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The play opens a three-day, four-performance run Thursday, Nov. 2. Buy your ticket online at stjoetheatre.booktix.com. Back row from left: Jax Rasmussen, Tre’Jan Rogers, Lake Dodson, Elizabeth Weisenberger, Liam Moorehead and Sully Moorehead. Middle row: J.T. Myrick, Rosie Foley, Lyric Lockhart, Linda Martinez, Brennan Teeter, Anna Rose Myrick, Mary Greene, Nikolai Armour, Audrey Mayeaux, Angela Bethea, and Natalia Igwebuike. Front row: Hannah Dear, Rebecca Seale, Olivia Patterson, Claire Conn and Alaina Leiss.
These St. Joseph Catholic School students are cast members of the fall production “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The play opens a three-day, four-performance run Thursday, Nov. 2. Buy your ticket online at stjoetheatre.booktix.com. Back row from left: Jax Rasmussen, Tre’Jan Rogers, Lake Dodson, Elizabeth Weisenberger, Liam Moorehead and Sully Moorehead. Middle row: J.T. Myrick, Rosie Foley, Lyric Lockhart, Linda Martinez, Brennan Teeter, Anna Rose Myrick, Mary Greene, Nikolai Armour, Audrey Mayeaux, Angela Bethea, and Natalia Igwebuike. Front row: Hannah Dear, Rebecca Seale, Olivia Patterson, Claire Conn and Alaina Leiss.
MADISON  – St. Joseph Catholic School kicks off the performing arts season when middle and high school students stage the Tony Award-winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

The play, a prequel to “Peter Pan,” is part of a year-long series of drama and musical productions that will mark the 2017-2018 school year. Students have spent the past couple of months rehearsing for the play’s three-day run that begins Thursday, Nov. 2.

“Everyone loves ‘Peter Pan,’” said Leslie Ann Harkins, the St. Joseph theater teacher and director of the play. “This is such a wonderfully entertaining play that appeals to all ages. It’s the perfect opening to our theatrical season here at St. Joe.

“Besides telling the back story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, the play is filled with memorable characters brought to life by a talented group of student performers,” Harkins said. “It’s a fast-paced, enjoyable two-hour play.”

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” written by humorist Dave Barry and his writing partner Ridley Pearson. The book spawned four sequels, all set before J.M. Barrie’s original novel “Peter Pan.”

“Peter and the Starcatcher” premiered February 2009 in California before moving to Off-Broadway in 2011 and then Broadway in 2012. The play won several Tony Awards including best actor, best lighting design and best costume design.

Performances in the St. Joe Fine Arts theater are 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2; Friday, Nov. 3; and Saturday, Nov. 4.  St. Joe also will present a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 4. Admission is free for St. Joe students and $10 for the general public.

Tickets are available at the Fine Arts theater the day of the performance. You also can purchase tickets online at https://stjoetheatre.booktix.com.

St. Joseph Catholic School, in Madison about a mile west of the interstate 55-Mississippi 463 Exit, offers seventh- through 12th-grade education with a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

St. Joseph Catholic School, founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy, is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education and AdvancED. The school has been named Mississippi’s No. 1 Catholic high school in 2016 and again in 2017.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is just one of several high-profile fine arts productions the school will stage this year. Other productions will include the Christmas concert “Gifts of the Season” and the spring 2018 musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

“I am so proud of our talented and dedicated student actors who put in a lot of time and energy after school and on the weekends for our stage productions,” Principal Dena Kinsey said.

“They are another fine example of how we educate the whole student” she said. “They also highlight the strength of our Fine Arts Department – a program that includes instruction in music, dance, theater and art.”