SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The cast for Union Catholic’s fall play, Peter and the Starcatcher, has been chosen. The show will be presented by Union Catholic’s Performing Arts Company, on Oct. 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., and on Oct. 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Cast:

THE ORPHANS
Boy (Peter): Makay Johnson
Prentiss: Molly Bonner
Ted: Christian Nowicki

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THE BRITISH SUBJECTS
Lord Leonard Aster: Brian Power
Molly Aster: Audrey Davis
Mrs. Bumbrake: Jacob Kress
Captain Robert Falcon Scott: Matt Gomez
Gremkin: Becky Penevolpe

THE SEAFARERS
Bill Slank: Calah McCombs
Alf: Edwin Rivera
Mack: Daniel Jaworski
Black Stache: Nick Mehno
Smee: Jack Carolan
Sanchez: Angeline Carlo

THE NATIVES
Fighting Prawn: Colleen Falconer
Hawking Clam: Arianna Lurie
Teacher: Cameron Guanlao

ENSEMBLE
Tess Fiumefreddo
Kyra McDevitt
TJ Jaworski
Sean Machado
Apolline Gaspers
Caitlin Roder
Jae Jean-Simon
Brian McGovern
Nora Gerlitz
Thea Stratman-Olibrice
Shaun Keating
Nola Gialanella
Jolene Villanueva
Alex Lurie

The play is based on the 2004 novel Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice.

Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to "The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up" (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

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