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Peter and the Starcatcher Produced at Canterbury

Meredith Berry-Toon

"Once Upon a Time... they always start like that," write Canterbury's co-directors of Peter and the Starcatcher, Sarah Armstrong and Keiko Mathewson. "Once upon a time, the words of our childhood. Once upon a time allows our imagination to take flight, to see a world of magic, fairy dust, and unlimited possibilities. Once upon a time lets us be kids again, if only for a moment. Peter and the Starcatcher is the best of all possible Once upon a times."

Following months of rehearsal, Canterbury players performed this critically-acclaimed play, Peter and the Starcatcher, on November 15 and 16. The entire student body, as well as many greater-New Milford visitors, took advantage of the opportunity to see their friends and classmates in the production. Sixth Form actors, several of whom took to the Canterbury stage for their final time, included Brendan Omaña, Greg McKenna, Nick Buonaiuto, John Martiska, Alex Luo, Jess Garcia, Eli Taylor, Margaret Melich, Grant Tessitore, Giorgo Caripidis-Soto, and Matt Martin.

"This story of how Peter Pan came to be is full of magic, madcap adventures on sea and on land, and a series of hilarious events that lead us to Neverland and the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," continue Sarah and Keiko. "As the shimmer of fairy dust and tinker bells fill the air, this play and our Canterbury players invite you to enter the magical kingdom of your own imagination where boys can fly, mermaids exist, and having faith is having wings."

With bravo and elan, the student-actors brought well-known characters, like Captain Hook and Tick-Tock the Crocodile, to life on the stage, weaving in the story of how their fictional personalities arrived at their magical beginnings.

"The cast and crew of Peter and the Starcatcher were an absolute dream to work with," noted Sarah upon the conclusion of the performance. "They rose to every challenge, were relentless in their pursuit of excellence, and brought extraordinary humor to every rehearsal and performance. I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of them and can't wait to work together again on the spring musical."

With the fall production over, the winter performance, Boxes, will begin auditions and rehearsals as soon as students return from Thanksgiving!

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