PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
The Neverland You Never Knew.
Opened: June 22, 2017
Closed: July 1, 2017
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
A Play By |
Music By |
DAVE BARRY and RIDLEY PEARSON
Direction & Movement |
Musical Direction |
Scenic Design |
Lighting Design |
Costume Design |
Sound Design |
CANDY HUGGINS & PATTY MURRAY
BLAYNE WEAVER* | Black Stache
Stage Center: Debut. Blayne was born and raised in Bossier City, LA before moving to Los Angeles and then New York City where he works as an actor, writer and director. He most recently wrote, directed and starred in the film noir thriller CUT TO THE CHASE which was shot in Shreveport. Before that he starred in the psychological thriller FAVOR. He wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed romantic comedy 6 MONTH RULE alongside Martin Starr, Natalie Morales and John Michael Higgins (which was shot in Shreveport). Previous films he’s written and directed include WEATHER GIRL with Tricia O’Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch and OUTSIDE SALES. He also co-wrote and acted in MANIC starring Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. To date he has written 8 produced feature films. He has appeared as an actor in films such as Austin Film Festival Audience Award Winner JUNK, DEEP DARK CANYON, OFFICIAL REJECTION and THE GOOD OLD BOYS opposite Tommy Lee Jones. His numerous episodic television credits include ER, NCIS, and THE MIDDLEMAN. He also provided the voice of Peter Pan in the Disney animated feature RETURN TO NEVERLAND. Recent theater includes River City Repertory’s productions of IT’S ONLY A PLAY, BOEING, BOEING and ART. www.blayneweaver.net
*Mr. Weaver appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
TOVA VOLCHECK | Molly Aster
Stage Center: Debut. Ms. Volcheck is originally from Spencerport, NY. Her military lifestyle and family introduced her to Bossier City as well as the love of theatre. As a child, she lived and performed in places likes South Korea and England; after moving to Louisiana, she auditioned and was cast in Bossier Parish Community College's (BPCC) production of Fiddler on the Roof as Chava... From there she was hooked. Her most favorite roles have been Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Brooke in Noises Off, and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical!. Other credits include The Cover of Life (Sybil), A Year with Frog and Toad (Lady Bird), Nicholas Nickleby (Various), The Three Musketeers (Bicarat/Kitty), and Shrek the Musical! (Dragonette/Rat Tapper) among others. Tova will star as Cecile in Northwestern State University’s (NSU) production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in the fall. Tova also loves the technical side of theatre, and has worked as the Technical Director for Canterbury Summer Theatre, as well as directed Elf, Jr at Shreveport Little Theatre. She has been recognized by the Kennedy Center for her tech work in the nationally awarded The Turn of the Screw (BPCC) for best load-in/load-out crew. She is a double MTI nominee, a double Irene Ryan nominee, and was a semi-finalist as a partner. She holds an A.A. in Performing Arts: Theatre from BPCC, and is currently a senior at NSU, finishing her B.S. in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Tova would like to thank her Lord Jesus, Jared for the opportunity to return to Neverland, her Mahm, many siblings, Ray Scott, David, and Jesse for making her happy when skies are grey. Never grow up!
JESSE KORTUS | Boy (Peter)
For Stage Center: Mothers and Sons (Will Ogden). Now a senior of Northwestern State University (NSU), Jesse was, at first, going to study graphic design, but after minutes and minutes of thinking he decided to observe the arts instead. Since that decision, he has been trotting the boards since he was 17. He holds an A.A. in Theatre from Bossier Parish Community College, and will soon gain his bachelor's degree in Performance/Directing from NSU; soon after he plans to venture out to gain a master's degree in theatre, and later move to Chicago, Illinois to chase the dream. He is a two time Musical Theatre Initiative nominee, and a four time Irene Ryan nominee, where he and his partner, Tova Volcheck, advanced to the semi-finals, through the Kennedy Center of American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). This summer, Jesse will travel to Germany to attend a three week musical theatre intensive through The International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI). Jesse has performed in many shows in the Shreveport/Bossier/Natchitoches area(s) over the years. Some roles that you may have seen him in include, Dark of the Moon (John), Young Frankenstein (Igor), Avenue Q (Rod), Mothers and Sons (Will), The Waverly Gallery ((Daniel) which starred soap opera actress Rosemary Prinz), Boeing Boeing (Robert), Noises Off (Garry), Hedda Gabler (Judge Brack), and The Man, in the KCACTF nationally awarded show, The Turn of the Screw, which won seven national awards, including "Distinguished Performance by an Actor" for Kortus, and was placed in the top five collegiate level shows in the nation in 2015. Jesse would like to thank the good Lord above for giving him his talent, his mother for teaching him to say "yes ma'am" and "yes sir", his father for giving him a sense of humor, Dr. Ray Scott Crawford for giving him so many wonderful oportunities, David for respecting him (bro), Jared for making his childhood dream of being Peter Pan come true, and Tova, for simply being fantastical. "It's the day of the show y'all!"
For Stage Center: Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (Man #1). Mr. Williamson is a Shreveport native and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Although he has sung in front of audiences since his teenage years as part of his church choir, he just recently made his theatrical debut in the summer of 2016 in Emmett Hook Center's production of Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth. In January 2017, he made his Stage Center debut in The 39 Steps--juggling more than a dozen characters in the role of Man #1--which he quickly followed with Shreveport Opera's production of The Fiddler on the Roof, playing Mordcha. In addition to his work on the stage, Benjamin will be adding short film to his resumé this summer when he produces and directs This Abbreviated Life (IG: @ThisAbbreviatedLife). Benjamin can most often be found “performing” the role of STEM educator in classrooms throughout Bossier and Shreveport as the Coordinator of the DoD STARBASE 2.0 STEM education outreach program at Barksdale Air Force Base. He is excited to add Peter and the Starcatcher to his acting resumé and looks forward to many more shows with the talented crew at Stage Center. He can be followed on Instagram and Twitter @benkenwill.
For Stage Center: Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas); 9 to 5 the musical (Franklin Hart, Jr. - 2013 Audience Choice Award, Favorite Leading Actor). After a short stint as Stage Manager of productions at The Emmett Hook Center including: ‘Crazy For You’, ‘I Remember Mama’ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ John is enjoying a return to the boards and the free cardiovascular workout of this riotous comedy. Other local appearances include Shreveport Opera productions of: ‘The Fantasticks’ as Henry, The Old Actor, ‘The Barber of Seville’ as Ambrogio, ‘The Mikado’ and ‘Pirates Of Penzance’, and most recently as Lazar Wolf in ‘Fiddler On The Roof’. John has been an enthusiastic supporter of Stage Center since their debut production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ in 2011 and is a occasional contributor to their superb Media & Marketing efforts. This production marks John and director Jared Watson’s 5th collaboration together since their 2008 work on SLT’s ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ when Mr. Bogan portrayed Big Daddy under Mr. Watson’s direction.
Stage Center: Debut. While this is his performance debut at SC, Mr. Copeland has been our resident lighting designer since last season designing lights for Steel Magnolias, James and the Giant Peach Jr. (co), A Christmas Story The Musical (co, for year 3), Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Shrek The Musical.
Peter and the Starcatcher is Samuel's second journey to Neverland, having been previously cast as Smee in Bossier Parish Community College's production of Peter Pan, alongside his other Starcatcher cast mates Daniel Salazar and Tova Volchek. This is Samuel's Stage Center acting debut, although he has been working with the company since August of 2016 as their resident lighting designer. Other productions Samuel has starred in are BPCC's The Games Afoot as William Gillette, Seussical: The Musical, Noises Off as Frederick Dallas, and Brom Stoker's Dracula as Count Dracula. Going forward Samuel will be appearing in BPCC's summer production of The Haunting of Hill House as Luke followed by a move to Chicago where he plans to pursue his theatrical career both as a performer and light designer. Samuel is exceedingly thankful to be able to work alongside such a phenomenal cast and crew for this production of Peter and the Starcatcher.
For Stage Center: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Gad/Butler); Into the Woods (Cinderella's Prince). Luke made his stage debut as Trekkie Monster in Bossier Parish Community College's production of Avenue Q. His other notable appearances at BPCC include Dark of the Moon (Conjure Man), A Year With Frog and Toad (Man Bird), Nicholas Nickleby (Smike), and Seussical (Horton). He has also made a few appearances at Shreveport Little Theatre, such as Little Women (John Brooke), 1940s Radio Hour (B.J. Gibson), and his most recent performance, Auntie Mame (Patrick Dennis at certain performances). Given the character of Smee and his love for the film and stage adaptations he's seen of Peter Pan, he expects Peter and the Starcatcher to be one of his favorite stage experiences yet.
Mr. Salazar is our 2017 artist-in-residence. For Stage Center as an actor: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharoah/Naphtali); Red (Ken); Cabaret (Emcee); A Christmas Story the Musical (Waiter); A Chorus Line (Greg); Ragtime (Mother's Younger Brother); as director: Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps; James and the Giant Peach Jr. (co-director); Bonnie & Clyde. He will next be seen starring as Will in Green Day's American Idiot this July. Daniel Salazar has been working in the Shreveport-Bossier Theatre community for about 10 years now. Daniel has studied at Bossier Parish Community College , Trinity Valley Community College, and Texas State University for Performance and Production of Theatre. Usually staying behind the scenes for Stage Center and other local theatre companies in town, Daniel is on the pursuit of chasing his dream of performing. Daniel has studied with Kathryn Gatley, who has been trained under Sanford Meisner, and Richard Poole at the Gatley Poole Conservatory in Chicago, IL where he participated in a month long intensive of the Meisner Technique, including the Williamson Physical Technique for Actors and other voice and projection techniques. He will be going back for more training in the winter and next summer to continue his training. Daniel Salazar will be moving to Chicago with his better half Aubrey Buckner and his brother Kody Robinson in July of 2018 to pursue a career in film, television, and performance/production of theatre. Daniel would like to thank his fellow actors in the Shreveport-Bossier City theatrical community for all the love and support that has been given to him over the past few years! “I am extremely grateful and thankful for the amount of knowledge I have gained from the actors, technicians, and professors/teachers in this town who have taught me so much while I have spent my time in Shreveport-Bossier City. I will forever be thankful for the town that brought me up in theatre!”
For Stage Center: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Issachar/Baker); The Civil War (performer); For Emmett Hook Center: Les Misérables (Feuilly); Big River (Judge Thatcher / Young Fool). Cameron is a Shreveport native and graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana. While in college, he traveled the world as a tenor with “America’s Singing Ambassadors”, the Centenary College Choir. After a stint away from theater, he is excited to return to the Shreveport stage in Peter and the Starcatcher. Mr. Hughes spends his days working at Behavioral Specialists of Louisiana where he is currently working towards his BCBA certification. Cameron wants to thank his family and Max Beilke for their support and Stagecenter for allowing him to join such an amazing cast and crew.
For Stage Center: A Christmas Story The Musical (all 3 years); Into the Woods (Milky White/Wolf/Steward); Disney's The Little Mermaid (Ensemble); Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod); Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw); Bonnie & Clyde (Det. Bob Alcorn); Ragtime (Willie Conklin);
Stage Center: Debut. A native of Missouri, Cody made his first appearance on stage in a Shreveport Opera production of ‘La Traviata’. Followed by appearances in their productions of; ‘Pirates Of Penzance’ and ‘Fiddler On The Roof’. Soon after, Shreveport audiences enjoyed his performances in supporting roles at Shreveport Little Theatre in their productions of: ‘Gypsy’, ‘The Butler Did It’ and ‘Auntie Mame’. In July Cody completes his Air Force active duty service and begins his formal Theatre Arts training in Denver CO. Cody wants to extend his heartfelt thanks all the Shreveport audiences who have offered their encouragement and support.
For Stage Center: A Christmas Story (all 3 years), Jesus Christ Super Star, Ragtime and Disney's My Son Pinocchio. For Stage Center School of Performing Arts: James and the Giant Peach Jr., Into the Woods Jr., 13, Broadway Bound, Disney's The Lion King Jr., Captain Louie Jr., Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr., Seussical Jr., Disney's Mulan Jr.,School House Rock Live Jr., Disney's The Aristocats Kids, Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids, and most recently as Lord Farquaad, his favorite role to-date, in Shrek The Musical. Nolan will be a junior at Airline High School this fall, and although he stays very busy performing, he manages to maintain a 3.79 GPA. Nolan’s plans after high school are to attend LSU and pursue his dream of becoming a pediatrician and staying active in theatre. Hopefully this will allow him to make children feel better, while always keeping them laughing. Nolan is also a fifth year member of the performance troupe at SC's SOPA having won with them the award for Excellence in Ensemble Work (2013), Excellence in Music (2014), Excellence in Dance (2015), and Excellence in Ensemble Work (2016) at the National Invitational Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. He is also enrolled in the Talented Arts Program – Theater for Bossier Parish. Nolan has run spot lights and assisted with sound for several productions. Last summer he helped with camp at Purl Theatre in Pearland, Texas. Nolan found his passion when he first started performing in the summer of 2012. He enjoys singing and dancing, but loves making people laugh and smile. Nolan would like to thank all his family for always supporting him in no matter what he does. His sister Summer and his Aunt Pam for making his mom get him involved with theatre. His Yiayia for always being able to drive him to practices. Jared and Seth for believing in him and giving him the opportunity to have fun! His Stage Center family for always being there to help him do the best that he can! And to his Mom and Dad for all the above and so much more!
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