Anna Vizzare, as Molly, and Oliver Girouard, playing Peter, star in Edmonds Driftwood Players’ production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy shows through Dec. 23 in Edmonds. (Dale Sutton/Magic Photo)

Anna Vizzare, as Molly, and Oliver Girouard, playing Peter, star in Edmonds Driftwood Players’ production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy shows through Dec. 23 in Edmonds. (Dale Sutton/Magic Photo)

Driftwood tells the story of Peter before he was Peter Pan

The play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” showing through Dec. 23 in Edmonds, is a “visually opulent show.”

Many of us are familiar with the story of Peter Pan, read to us as children.

But what happened before Peter had his magical flying powers, when Peter was just, well, Peter?

That’s the tale that the play, “Peter and the Starcatcher” pursues, performed by the 15-member cast of Driftwood Players in Edmonds.

Director Adam Othman said he fell in love first with the book and later with the play, which he saw performed with the original cast off-Broadway.

“The way they brought it to life just blew me away,” he said. “I said, ‘One day I have to direct it.’ ”

The play creates the origin story of Peter, up to the point he earns his last name of Pan. “The play ends at the point everyone knows, but how they get there is what’s exciting,” Othman said.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Othman said he wouldn’t recommend it for children 3 to 4 years old. The roles of the crocodiles and Capt. Hook may be a little frightening to them, he said.

If parents think their children are comfortable with the Peter Pan story, they’ll be comfortable with “Peter and the Starcatcher,” he said.

The ages of cast members range from pre-teen to late 40s. They are asked to do a variety of things, from the characters they were cast for to assisting with play props.

“It’s a visually opulent show, with the actors being asked to do a lot of different things,” Othman said. “It’s truly an ensemble show.”

Actors play their role in one scene then switch to menacing pirates in another. Some even play mermaids that come to life — all to “tell this beautiful story,” he said.

The role of Peter is played by 15-year-old Oliver Girouard, making his Driftwood debut. “Theater is a big part of his life, and he’s very talented,” Othman said.

The role of Captain Hook is played by Christopher Puckett. The character is known as Black Stache, whose names changes… well you probably know why. “We find out how Capt. Hook gets his name in the show,” Othman said.

“I think it’s got something for everyone,” he said. “It’s a fun, energetic show. There’s lot of comedy, but lots of touching moments as well. It can be loved by young and old.”

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or salyer@heraldnet.com.

If you go

What: Edmonds Driftwood Players’ “Peter and the Starcatcher”

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23; 2 p.m. Saturday matinees on Dec. 8 and Dec. 22

Where: Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds

Tickets: $28 general admission and $25 for children, seniors and military

More: 425-774-9600 or www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org

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