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Peter and the Starcatcher cast. Terry Cartie Norton/NorShor Theatre

Peter and the Starcatcher, a Tony Award-winning, music-filled play and a hilarious and wildly theatrical prequel to Peter Pan, opens tonight and runs through June 2 at NorShor Theatre in Downtown Duluth.

Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play begins with a band of orphan boys, one of whom was never given a name, being shipped off to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. On board the ship, the unnamed boy’s sad world is turned upside down when he befriends Molly, a quick-witted Starcatcher-in-training with a mysterious trunk containing "starstuff.”

As they work together to protect the magical substance from falling into the wrong hands, they encounter various characters – from marauding pirates to jungle tyrants and singing mermaids to unlikely comrades. At its heart, Peter and the Starcatcher is a thrilling journey through the world of make-believe that proves our imagination can be the most captivating place in the world. 

"From the J.M. Barrie novel to the Broadway musical and the various film interpretations - the story of the boy who never grows up has lingered with me throughout my life,” said director Phillip Fazio, who also serves as the Producing Artistic Director at Duluth Playhouse. “Peter and the Starcatcher offers audiences a supremely clever tale about how the iconic characters became the classic figures we know and love. This prelude unravels through the use of imaginative storytelling that will create a lasting theatrical experience."

Duluth Playhouse’s production stars Jake Mathey as Boy, Hope Nordquist as Molly, and Evan Kelly as Black Stache. Portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, the ensemble of actor-musicians includes Justin Peck, Alyson Enderle, Phil Hoelscher, Greyson Holste, SJ Olson, Jennie Ross, Ian Wallin, Joe Meichsner and Chris Ibarra.

Proctor area to honor the Fallen on Memorial Day

The 102nd annual Proctor Memorial Day observance and program, sponsored by the Proctor American Legion Post 106, will be held Monday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m. at Proctor Community Center. 

Dave Anderson of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Division will be the keynote speaker. Tom Meadath of McConnell-Modeen VFW Post 137 will also speak.

Sixty Proctor area service members will also be honored for giving their lives defending the country as members of the armed forces. A locomotive bell will ring once for each name read. The schedule includes: 

. Proctor Boy Scout Troop 84 – Pledge of Allegiance

. Invocation Pastor Steven Elder, Community of Christ Church

. Olivia Morin-Swanson will sing the National Anthem

. Mayor Chad Ward will give the welcome

. Tom Meadath, VFW Post 137

. Bagpipes by Kerry Welsh

. Keynote Speaker – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division Chief Dave Anderson

. Music by Proctor Community Band

. Proctor American Legion Honor Guard Salutes the Departed

. Taps, Carl Provost Jr.

. Benediction

. Proctor’s Community Band

Jake Benson will be the master of ceremony, and the St. Rose Men’s Club will provide donuts following the program.   

Following the Proctor program, the American Legion Honor Guard will visit the six area cemeteries to salute the departed.