Elizabeth Seaman is Black Stache and Miles Merry is Peter in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. (Photo by Dianna Lewis Photography)

Elizabeth Seaman is Black Stache and Miles Merry is Peter in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. (Photo by Dianna Lewis Photography)

Gallery 7 Theatre presents Peter and the Starcatcher

Production opens Nov. 10 at Abbotsford Arts Centre

Gallery 7 Theatre presents the magical musical adventure Peter and the Starcatcher starting Nov. 10 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way).

The production tells the story of how an orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped from England to a far-off island.

On the voyage, they meet the precocious Molly, a Starcatcher-in-Training, who tells them that a certain trunk on board carries a magical cargo that must not fall into the wrong hands.

When their ship is attacked by the fearsome pirate, Black Stache, a thrilling adventure ensues where unwilling comrades unite and unlikely heroes emerge.

This Tony Award-winning play explores the depths of greed and despair as well as the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Directing the cast of 18 actors who will play over 100 characters is John Trottier, who has numerous stage, film and TV acting credits and has directed and taught theatre at Trinity Western University and Kwantlen College.

This show will mark Trottier’s fifth directing project for Gallery 7 Theatre.

“Peter and the Starcatcher is truly a unique play and a departure from traditional storytelling,” he said.

“What makes it unique is that everyone will realize they have a bit of Peter Pan in them and always had. They just needed a little reminder to bring that to the surface.”

The production will feature the acting talents of performers from throughout the Fraser Valley.

Taking on the role of Peter is newcomer Miles Merry, while Molly, the precocious young adventurer, is being played by Emily Smith.

Rounding out the cast are Ahnika Barber, Will Davis, Rebecca Dougan, Indie Garrett, Jim Harrison, Ellis Hull, Jonas Janz, Glen Kask, Rebecca Laurenti, Cameron McKerchar, Evan Rachwalski, Raelyn Schatz, Elizabeth Seaman, Chris Sherwood, Brennah Toews and Amelia Trottier.

Set design is by UFV theatre student Matthew Piton, costume design is by Jina Chatterton, lighting design is by Calvin Baker, props design is by Dianna Lewis, and stage management is by Brittany Suderman.

Production photography is by Dianna Lewis Photography.

Musical direction is provided by Tanya Trottier and choreography is by Tessa Trach, who co-choreographed last season’s hit production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“The show is about family, connections, redemption and dreams,” Trottier said. “It is a wonderful show for both children and adults alike filled with amazing characters and wonderful comedy.”

Peter and the Starcatcher runs Nov. 10 and 11 and 15-18 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online at gallery7theatre.com or at House of James (604-852-3701).