Vanguard University’s Department of Theater Arts Presents Award-Winning Fantasy PETER AND THE STARCATCHER



Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning Department of Theater Arts presents Peter and the Starcatcher, written by Rick Elice, music by Wayne Barker and an adaptation of the novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

The production runs at the Lyceum Theater on the campus of Vanguard University, beginning September 16, 2022 and running for three weekends through October 2.

“It was a pleasure to get to work on this fun and whimsical show with such an incredibly talented group of students who are beyond professional level. Through this piece, we hope to give the audience a chance to stretch their imaginations and to remember the importance of finding the magic within us!” -Caitlin Harjes

Caitlin Harjes is a professional teaching artist working throughout Orange County. She has directed, choreographed and musically directed young people from 5 years old to high school. For 3 years she was part of the Disney Musicals in Schools program through the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts as a teaching artist. Caitlin has also worked at schools and conservatories in Orange County including the Orange County Children’s Theater, Arts and Learning Conservatory, Marina High School, and the Irvine School District. In 2021, she served as Director of Education for American Coast Children’s Theater and has been Director of Theater here at Vanguard University for the past year.

Peter and the Starcatcher synopsis: Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the prequel story to the beloved Peter Pan! A Tony award-winning play, based on the best-selling novels, turns the century-old story of how a wretched orphan becomes the legendary Peter Pan upside down! From marauding pirates and tyrants of the jungle to unwitting comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair…and the bonds of friendship, duty and love . Peter and the Starcatcher uses unlimited possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.

This production is suitable for children aged 6 and over.

All shows are performed on the Vanguard University campus at the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $15 for seniors, children, students and groups. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Theater Department box office at 714-668-6145.

The dates and times of the performances are

September 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and October 1 at 7:30 p.m.;

September 17, 18, 24, 25, October 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.

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