Audiences will be carried off to Neverland when Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents “Peter and the Starcatcher,” its first production of the 2018 season. The show opens Friday night, May 11, for a two-weekend run at the Crosby Center, 96 Church St.

Performances will be Fridays, May 11 and 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, May 13 and 20, at 2 p.m.. Note that there is no performance Saturday the 19th.

Based on the 2004 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; and adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical. This hilarious, fantastical show is the prequel of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (aka Peter Pan).

“Peter and the Starcatcher” provides the back-story for the characters of Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and more. A cast of 17 portrays more than 100 unforgettable characters, relying on imagination and ingenious bits of stagecraft to bring the story to life.

“This is a great family show,” said MAS Artistic Director Jason Bannister. “We’re excited to offer more opportunities for children to participate in our productions, onstage and as audience members.”

Midcoast Actors’ Studio will present a student matinee to select local schools as part of its growing educational outreach, through an Arts Expansion Grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

The veteran cast includes Laila Al-Matrouk, Jason Bannister, Macy Burgess, Quinnten Charbonnier, Peter Conant, Bryan Hayes, Chris Hayes, Erin Hayes, Jay Holland, Tyler Johnstone, Grayson Koelbl, Gregory Marsanskis, Phoebe Norman, Nathan Roach, Brian Ross, Eric Sanders and Matthew Shelton. They are directed by Meg Nickerson, with music direction by Deb Fournier.

Bev Smith is the show’s stage manager, and Angela Bonacasa directs the fight choreography. The scenic design and construction is by Greg Marsanskis, Brian Ross and Peter Conant. Costumes are designed by Sarah Joy, Elaine Bielenberg and Linda Marie. Danielle Bannister is the show’s producer.

Tickets for the family-friendly musical play are $15 for adults and $10 for students, with a family-of-four cap of $40. Tickets can be purchased online at; or at the door 45 minutes before show time. For more information, email or call 370-7592. Midcoast Actors’ Studio is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or