Run Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes including intermission
Still flying high from last season’s crowing hit, Peter Pan, we bring you this tuneful tale of the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy and the lost boys as imagined by Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry in his family friendly novel. Set sail and return to a land where dreams are born and time is never planned. This wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s novel flips the classic story of how an orphan boy became known as Peter Pan. Join the adventures as a mustachioed pirate chases a young girl and three orphan boys and a mysterious trunk. A dozen actors portray over 100 unforgettable characters, as Peter and the Starcatcher, imaginatively explores the depths of greed, despair, friendship and love and the magic of “star stuff”!
Directed by Vincent J. Cardinal
Musical Direction by NDavid Williams
Featuring Forrest McClendon, Michael Doherty, Raegan Roberts and Nate Whipple
Spring is here! The weather is gorgeous, the campus of UCONN is in full bloom and CRT is readying to open the first show of our 2016 Nutmeg Summer Series. The summer season is always exciting as it brings new colleagues, new creative voices and new friends to Storrs. That is one of the most wonderful things about theatre, each show and season brings the opportunity to work with a new group of like-minded artists, which expands our creative circle.
This change is important, as it helps keep the creative energy and voice of the theatre fresh. This Spring also brings some change to CRT. I am taking the opportunity of spring’s change to accept a position as the Arthur and Martha Hearron Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre, Chair of the Department of Musical Theatre and Professor of Music, School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.
I am grateful for the experiences I have had here and for the colleagues, administration, and community who have been so engaged, supportive and dedicated to the mission of educating the next generation of great artists through the Department of Dramatic Arts. I am in awe of and inspired by our guest artists and by the students who have chosen the creative path and dedicate this time of their lives to try to better communicate what it is to be a human being at the beginning of the 21st century. I look forward to more working with them on many future stages.
The administration is working right now to identify the next Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Nutmeg Summer Series. The important and exciting work of CRT will continue un-interrupted.
Thank you for welcoming me into your lives. I have enjoyed the last six years here in Storrs, creating theatre with this wonderful community. I have appreciated your attendance, your support and your applause.
We all have a lot of work to accomplish before we say our farewells. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying runs June 2-12. The final show that I am directing, Peter and the Starcatcher begins rehearsals next week, and plays June 23-July 2. My final production as Artistic Director will be West Side Story, with performances beginning July 7. I hope you will come out and see these shows and celebrate our work together.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying June 2- June 12, 2016
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based upon the book by Shepherd Mead
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
June 23 – July 2, 2016
A Grownup’s Prequel to Peter Pan
A Play by Rick Elice
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
WEST SIDE STORY
July 7-17, 2016
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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CRT, part of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT stages an array of the best in theatre, from classic plays and musicals to premieres of the latest contemporary work, featuring some of the nation’s finest theatre professionals on stage with the department’s most promising students. The synergy between professionals and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.