Peter and the Starcatcher
by Rick Elice
based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
music by Wayne Barker
directed by Art Manke
May 8, 2015 - June 7, 2015

Peter and the Starcatcher

They call him Boy, the orphan without a name.  One day he’s whisked onto the good ship Neverland, and the century-old legend of Peter Pan gets its hilarious, exhilarating and wildly imaginative prequel.  Sail with us across the seven seas as Boy becomes Peter in a swashbuckling tale of yesteryear, infused with pop culture imagery of today.  Backstage called this winner of five Tony Awards “more fun than the proverbial barrelful of monkeys.”

Previews: May 8-14, 2015
Opening Night: May 15, 2015
Regular Performances: May 16 – June 7, 2015

Recommendation: Appropriate for ages 10 and up. This production contains haze, fog, and strobe effects.

Running Time: Approximately two hours, including one intermission.

Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions.

Rick Elice wrote the Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher and Jersey Boys (with Marshall Brickman, Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe, directed by Des McAnuff, Tony Award, Best Musical) and The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman and Andrew Lippa, directed by Jerry Zaks). His regional theatre credits include Turn of the Century (with Marshall Brickman, directed by Tommy Tune); Double Double (directed by Roger Rees), Dog and Pony (with Michael Patrick Walker) and Studio 54 (with Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz, directed by Christopher Ashley).

Wayne Baker was awarded the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Peter and the Starcatcher. His Broadway credits include Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance (composer, co-lyricist with Barry Humphries). His regional theatre credits include The Great Gatsby (Guthrie Theater) and Twelfth Night and The Three Musketeers (Seattle Repertory Theatre). His other credits include “A Little Curious” for television and Mark Bennett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (orchestrations), Chicago City Limits, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette and orchestras worldwide. His upcoming projects include I Heart Bob. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and artistic associate for new musicals at New York Theatre Workshop.

Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.

Tony Abatemarco
Tony Abatemarco* (Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher) is co-artistic director at Skylight Theatre Company. His awards include an Ovation Award for lead actor in a play, The Mystery of Irma Vep at Tiffany Theatre. He is a three-time Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) nominee for lead performance, including SCR’s Bach at Leipzig, and most recently for Red at International City Theatre, Long Beach. Last spring, he appeared in Long Beach Opera’s The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky. He received two National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellowships and has founded two seminal L.A. theatres: The Accident Theatre and The Night House. He is a member of several theatre groups, including The Antaeus Company and Rogue Machine. He has directed on Broadway (Julie Harris in Lucifer’s Child), The Arts Theatre in London’s West End (Robyn Peterson’s Catwalk Confidential), regionally and in Paris. His on-camera work totals 63 appearances including Beverly Hills Ninja 2, Town & Country, Sleeping with the Enemy, HBO’s “Sacrifice,” “The L Word,” “E.R.” and “Frasier.” He has had five national commercials running in the last two years. He teaches at USC and Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College. As a playwright, he has won LA Weekly and Drama-Logue awards. His play, Beautified, had its world premiere at Skylight Theatre, 2012; and his latest, Forever House, will premiere there this fall.

Christian Barillas
Christian Barillas* (Gremplin/Mac/Sánchez/Fighting Prawn) appeared at SCR previously in A Christmas Carol and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, for which he received an LADCC nomination. On “Modern Family,” he recurs as Ronaldo opposite Nathan Lane. His recent theatre credits include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and Richard III (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Pride and Prejudice and Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Lydia (Yale Repertory Theatre and Denver Center Theatre). His other theatre credits include Macbeth with The Antaeus Company, Sonia Flew at Laguna Playhouse, Center Theatre Group’s A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and Cornerstone Theater Company’s As You Like It presented at Pasadena Playhouse. His other television credits include a recurring role as a transgender informant on “The Bridge,” Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Without a Trace.” He was a series regular on the CBS pilot for “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and also appeared in the pilot for ABC Family’s “Bunheads,” opposite Sutton Foster. His film credits include Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Best Night Ever, Bosco’s Guitar and the upcoming Two Man Job. Barillas attended the University of North Carolina and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was the recipient of the George Burns Fellowship in Comedy.

J. Paul Boehmer
J. Paul Boehmer* (Captain Scott) is making his first appearance at South Coast Repertory. He has appeared on Broadway in Sir Peter Hall’s An Ideal Husband and in the New York and off-Broadway premiere of Miss Evers’ Boys. Regionally, he appeared in I Hate Hamlet, directed by Art Manke at the Pioneer Playhouse; played Hamlet at the Dallas Shakespeare Festival; and appeared in two summer Shakespeare seasons and The Constant Wife at The Old Globe. He has worked at theatres including Arena Stage, A.C.T., Walnut Street Theatre, Missouri Repertory, Laguna Playhouse and Cleveland Playhouse. His film and television credits include Skyline, The Thomas Crowne Affair, The Good German, “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Frasier” and AMC’s “The Lot.” Boehmer is also a well-known Audiobook narrator with more than 400 titles available.

Joel Davel
Joel Davel (Musician) made his SCR debut earlier this season in The Tempest. With a focus on creative original music, Davel’s percussion career includes performance and recording credits of jazz, rock and contemporary classical with groups led by Amy X Neuburg, William Winant, Kaila Flexer, Jack West, David Tanenbaum and John Duykers. Davel collaborates most often with composer Paul Dresher and, for 16 years, has been part of his electro-acoustic band, the Davel/Dresher Duo, and the international touring Double Duo Jazz Quartet. This includes performances at Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and tours of Australia and Russia. As a composer, music director, soloist and improviser, Davel has appeared solo on-stage for numerous productions for choreographer Claudine Naganuma, the Cream City Semi-Circus and the California Shakespeare Theater. Known for his use of electronics, Davel has 20 years of design experience with music synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla. The Buchla “Marimba Lumina” employed for Peter and the Starcatcher is now built exclusively by Davel for himself and others to play.

Wyatt Fenner
Wyatt Fenner* (Boy) appeared at SCR previously in Rest, The Whale, Misalliance, the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of The Few and Happy Face, the NewSCRipts reading of Going to a Place where you Already Are and Spirit Control and the Theatre for Young Audiences productions of James and the Giant Peach and The Borrowers. His recent credits include Stevie in Good People at La Mirada, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Slipping with Rattlestick West and performances at the Geffen Playhouse, Ahmanson Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, The Theatre @ Boston Court, A Noise Within and The Antaeus Company, among many others. His television credits include “Veronica Mars” and “Bones.” He is a graduate of USC.

Miles Fletcher
Miles Fletcher* (Ted) is thrilled to be making his SCR debut. His credits include Into the Woods (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts); The Tempest (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); and four seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with roles in numerous productions including The Cocoanuts, Into the Woods, My Fair Lady and Romeo & Juliet.

Allen Gilmore
Allen Gilmore* (Lord Aster) is happy to make his SCR debut in Peter and the Starcatcher with his friend, director Art Manke. He has previously been seen on the West Coast at Santa Cruz Shakespeare in Bach at Leipzig and The Three Musketeers (both directed by Manke); All’s Well That Ends Well; Henry IV, Pt.1; As You Like It; and The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has performed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Arabian Nights, A Doctor in Spite of Himself and Argonautika. This season in Chicago he has been seen at Court Theatre in Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of The Good Book by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. In 2014, he became the first black actor to play Scrooge in Goodman Theatre’s nearly 40 years producing A Christmas Carol. Gilmore is an army infantry veteran and a 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, originally from Houston, Texas.

James MacEwan
James MacEwan (Alf) was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a graduate of South Coast Repertory’s Acting Intensive Program and is thrilled to return to SCR after appearing in A Christmas Carol and in Tartuffe in 2014. Some highlights from his South African credits include Mamma Mia, The Rocky Horror Show, Grease, Don’t Drink the Water and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. He has appeared on international television in “Wild at Heart” and the HBO series “Generation Kill.”

Kasey Mahaffy
Kasey Mahaffy* (Smee) appeared previously at SCR in Crimes of the Heart, You, Nero, An Italian Straw Hat and Taking Steps. His theatre credits include The Best Brothers and The Violet Hour at Ensemble Theatre Company; The Tempest at A Noise Within; the world premiere of Partners at the 2014 Humana Festival; Clybourne Park and Metamorphoses at Pioneer Theatre Company; You, Nero at Arena Stage and Berkeley Repertory; The Miracle Worker and Assassins at Berkshire Theatre Festival; The Merchant of Venice at Portland Center Stage; The Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Winter’s Tale at PCPA; and Tartuffe and Much Ado About Nothing at Sonnet Repertory Theatre in New York City. His television credits include playing Rick Joy on HBO’s “Getting On,” “American Horror Story: Asylum,” “Castle,” “Franklin & Bash,” “Bad Teacher,” “CSI,” “Bones,” “Law & Order: LA” and “ER.” Many thanks to Actors’ Equity Association, Patty Woo and everyone at BRS/Gage for their tireless support.

Gabrielle McClinton
Gabrielle McClinton* (Molly) is making her SCR debut. Her Broadway credits include Pippin (understudy: leading player), the first national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot (Whatsername), numerous regional productions at the Alliance Theatre, The Muny in St. Louis, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Her television and film credits include “The Mentalist,” Won’t Back Down, and Fun Size. She earned her BFA at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Matt McGrath
Matt McGrath* (Black Stache) has appeared at SCR in Putting it Together, Ridiculous Fraud and Raised in Captivity. He most recently appeared in Verite by Nick Jones at LCT3 (Lincoln Center Theater), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), His Girl Friday by John Guare (La Jolla Playhouse) and The Rocky Horror Show (The Old Globe). He starred in The Black Rider at Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Sydney. His Broadway credits include Cabaret (Emcee) and A Streetcar Named Desire. His off-Broadway credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Fair Country (Lincoln Center Theater); Collection/A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter, Minutes from the Blue Route and The Dadshuttle (Atlantic Theater Company), Fat Men in Skirts, The Old Boy, Life During Wartime, Amulets Against the Dragon Forces and Dalton’s Back (Drama Desk nomination). His regional appearances include Romance, Japes and Bell, Book and Candle (Bay Street Theatre); Caroline in Jersey and Loot (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Loot, His Girl Friday (La Jolla Playhouse); Distant Fires (LA Weekly Award); and Snakebit. He appeared in the films Full Grown Men, Boy’s Don’t Cry, The Notorious Bettie Page, The Anniversary Party, The Broken Hearts Club, The Impostors; and on television in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Little Britain U.S.A.,” “Cruel Doubt” and “Modern Family.”

David Nevell
David Nevell* (Slank/Hawking Clam) previously appeared at SCR in Arms and the Man. He just finished playing Vinnie in The Odd Couple at Laguna Playhouse. Other recent appearances include Orsino in Twelfth Night at New Swan Shakespeare, Brian in The Morini Strad at The Colony, Alan in God of Carnage at International City Theatre and Charlie in The Scene at Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara. He has also appeared at Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet), Huntington Theatre Company (Amphitryon), Pittsburgh Public Theatre (The Crucible), Utah Shakespeare Festival (Henry VIII, The Tempest), Geva Theatre (A Christmas Carol), La Mirada Theatre (Crazy for You, On Borrowed Time, My Fair Lady), San Jose Repertory (The Game of Love and Chance) and at Pacific Conservatory Theatre/PCPA (Light Up the Sky, The Winter’s Tale, Arcadia, Macbeth, Amadeus, Anything Goes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella and Twelfth Night). Nevell earned his MFA in drama at UC Irvine, and his BA in political science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is head of voice/movement in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cal State Fullerton, an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and has served as consultant to Walt Disney Entertainment Productions since 2008.

David O
David O (Musical Director/Musician) is a music-theatre artist who specializes in contemporary music for the stage and concert hall. His compositions include the Ovation Award-winning score for Ubu Roi (A Noise Within, 2006) and the choral piece “A Map of Los Angeles” (Los Angeles Master Chorale, Walt Disney Concert Hall). His musical direction credits include the world premieres of 13 (Mark Taper Forum), Toy Story: The Musical (Disney Creative Entertainment) and Songs & Dances of Imaginary Lands (Overtone Industries), as well as the West Coast premieres of (LaChiusa’s) The Wild Party, Little Fish, and See What I Wanna See (The Blank Theatre). His film compositions include the score for the documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony. He was the recipient of the 2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and has received numerous accolades for his work in L.A. theatre, including most recently an LADCC Award for musically directing Floyd Collins (La Mirada Theatre). He is the ongoing Music Supervisor and Arranger for Home Street Home, the new punk musical by Fat Mike, Goddess Soma and Jeff Marx.

Paco Tolson
​Paco Tolson (Prentissrecently appeared in SCR’s 2015 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Vietgone, the latest in a decade-long collaborative relationship with playwright Qui Nguyen. He is a graduate of Brown University and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Tolson has developed new work with Ma-Yi Theater Company, Vampire Cowboys, Studio 42, The Public Theater, EST, The Play Company, Center Theatre Group and SCR, among others. He trained at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Chautauqua Conservatory. Find out more at 
Creative Team
Art Manke (Director/Choreographer) has directed a wide variety of plays during more than a decade of work with SCR, including the West Coast premiere of Itamar Moses’ Bach at Leipzig (for which he received his fifth LADCC Award), hit revivals of Noises Off, Taking Steps, the musicals Lucky Duck and The Wind in the Willows, as well as numerous new play readings and workshops. His work has been seen at the Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Laguna Playhouse and American Players Theatre, among others. Manke is a co-founder and former artistic director (1991-2001) of A Noise Within, L.A.’s acclaimed classical theatre company. A frequent guest lecturer at theatre schools across the country, he also directs for television, and holds a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. His upcoming projects include The Liar for Santa Cruz Shakespeare and Amy Freed’s The Monster-Builder at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre Company. He is currently writing a new musical about Pearl Bailey, entitled Pearl’s in the House.

Michael B. Raiford (Scenic Design) is a scenic and costume designer based in Austin, Texas. He previously designed Death of a Salesman at SCR. His national/regional theatre and opera credits include Geva Theatre (Rochester, NY), The Cleveland Play House, Opera Boston, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Central City Opera, Aurora Theatre Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ford’s Theatre (Washington D.C.), The New Victory Theater (New York) and Actors Theatre of Louisville. At Actors Theatre, Raiford designed over 20 shows including a dozen world premiere productions at The Humana Festival of New American Plays. In Austin, he has designed at Ballet Austin, Austin Lyric Opera, Rude Mechanicals, ZACH Theatre and Hyde Park Theatre. In addition, Raiford works as a creative consultant in many fields including architecture, interiors, advertising and yes, even marching band/DCI and WGI. Raiford received his MFA from University of Texas at Austin where he also taught design for ten years. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. To see more of his work visit:

Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she has designed costumes and/or sets for more than 40 productions, including The Whipping Man, Rest, The Whale, The Trip to Bountiful, The Weir, Circle Mirror Transformation, Crimes of the Heart, Ordinary Days and The Happy Ones. She has designed more than 60 productions for Chautauqua Theater Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Georgia Shakespeare, A Noise Within and many local theatres. She has worked extensively in film and television in the U.S. and Romania and has design credits with I.R.S. Media, Cannon Films, PBS, Full Moon Entertainment and Romanian Films. Calin is a resident artist at A Noise Within Theatre. She graduated with an MFA in set and costume design from the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, Romania.

Jaymi Lee Smith (Lighting Design) is thrilled to be working at SCR again after working on The Stinky Cheese Man, Top Dog/Underdog, Lucky Duck and Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business. She has been designing around the country for the last 16 years at theatres such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, The Court Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, Getty Villa, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Her work has also been seen in China, Italy, Spain, Scotland and Ireland. Her previous awards have included the 2003 Michael Merritt/Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award and a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award. She is currently an associate professor of lighting design and associate head of design at UC Irvine. Her website is available at

Michael K. Hooker (Sound Design) is thrilled to return to SCR, having previously designed A Light in the Piazza, Becky Shaw, Goldfish and Our Mother’s Brief Affair. On Broadway, he designed Looped, starring Valerie Harper, as well as the Looped national tour, starring Stephanie Powers. His regional credits include Sunday in the Park with George at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Sweeney Todd at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as shows at Pasadena Playhouse, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Recent local shows include the world premieres of Backyard and Better at The Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles. He spent six years as senior media designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he produced sound for Disney theme parks worldwide, including Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. Recent Disney projects include music production for the Disney Dream cruise ship and an upcoming show at Shanghai Disneyland. Currently, he serves as head of the sound design program at UC Irvine.

Philip D. Thompson (Accent Coach) is the head of the MFA program in acting at the UC Irvine, and works as a voice and dialect coach for professional and university productions. He is certified as a master teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and is the co-founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork. He is the past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He is the head of voice and text at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and has served as resident coach there for 15 seasons and more than 100 productions. He has coached at Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others, including numerous productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. This is his 24th production at SCR.

Jennifer Ellen Butler* (Stage Manager) has been a part of the stage management team at SCR for 12 seasons and more than 45 productions. Her other theatre credits include productions at Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, TheatreWorks, Perseverance Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. She also has stage-managed operas for Long Beach Opera and Pacific Repertory Opera. Butler has a BA in theatre arts from UC Santa Cruz and has been a member of Actors’ Equity since 2007.

Kristen Cruz* (Assistant Stage Manager) has been part of the stage management team at SCR for five seasons. She holds an MFA in stage management from UC Irvine and a BA in theatre arts and minor in music from Vanguard University. She is also an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. Her other theatre credits include work at Pasadena Playhouse (Lythgoe Family Productions), Laguna Playhouse, Irvine Barclay Theatre, The Wooden Floor, Little Fish Theatre, The Actor’s Fund, American Coast Theater Company, Chance Theater and numerous dance companies in Southern California. Cruz is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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