Youth Performing Arts to stage Peter Pan prequel ‘Peter and The Starcatcher’

Community Editor

Youth Performing Arts is running “Peter And The Starcatcher,” a play with music, for one weekend only, wrapping up its 18th season. Performances will be held at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1790 11th St. S.E.,on August 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and August 12 and 13 at 3 p.m.
The youth cast, ages 14 to 18, began rehearsals July 31, putting up this show, YPA’s summer stock, in 11 days. “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a prequel to the familiar fairy tale of Peter Pan and his nemesis Captain Hook, is a play full of storytelling magic, wonder, adventure and humor. It’s suitable for audiences of all ages.

One of the first theater companies in the Twin Cities to produce “Peter And The Starcatcher,” Youth Performing Arts’ creative staff has had its eye on this show since seeing a touring production in 2013.

“This play is storytelling the way we want to tell stories” director Shalee Dunaski Palmquist said in a press release.“It forces us to play together and use our imagination and it also helps build a community.”

According to a YPA press release, veteran actress Amanda Witzmann finds the show’s “hook” to be the juxtaposition of “roaring laughter laced into a story that will tug on your heart strings.” Witzmann, along with 11 other players will bring to life and answer the questions of how Neverland came to be, how Captain Hook lost his hand and how Peter Pan began to fly.
YPA produces free, family theater for the Forest Lake area and is sponsored in part by The Hallberg Family Foundation. For reservations, visit