Main Stage Series

September 12th - October 14th


by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker

Directed by Sean Harris
Music Direction by Melanie Guerin

A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship duty and love. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

"Wise, poignant, honest and, well, understanding of our hopeless desire to never grow old.” --Chicago Tribune


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Performance Schedule

Previews on September 12 & 13, all seats $17.50 for Previews only. For other pricing, see our tickets page.

Opening Night: September 14 - wine and cheese reception before the show.


Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm, followed by a talk back with the cast.

Tuesday matinee: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 2pm

OPEN MIC: Saturday, October 6 following the performance. Come to the show and stay or come on over just for open mic. Take the stage or sit back and cheer on those who are performing! Open mic nights are free and open to the public, and BYOB (tips for the pianist are encouraged). Bring your own sheet music or choose from ours; we'll provide an accompanist!

Young Professionals Night Out*
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Reception 6pm, performance at 7:30pm
$25 includes ticket and reception
*available for ages 21-35

Full Calendar


Brianna Bagley (Prentiss/Ensemble) Playhouse on Park: Intern/Female Swing SPELLING BEE; Lyric Hall: Fraulein Kost CABARET; Mamaroneck: Amelia Earhart ADVENTURER OF THE DECADE; No Name Collective: Starveling/Cobweb A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; Palace Theatre: Nibs PETER PAN; Manhattan Rep: Jen A TIMELESS SOMETHING.  Brianna has her BA in Theatre Performance from WCSU and would love to thank her family and friends for their support as well as for consistently humoring her terrible jokes and constant need to learn new instruments.

Thomas Daniels (Bill Slank/Hawking Clam/Ensemble) Playhouse on Park: Harder A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: Jim A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES; Camden Shakespeare Festival: Romeo ROMEO AND JULIET, Claudio MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING; Lake Dillon Theatre Company: Moriarty SHERLOCK HOLMES; Metropolitan Playhouse: Jesse James INDIANS; Shakespeare by the River: Petruchio TAMING OF THE SHREW; Classics on the Rocks: Autolycus WINTERS TALE; Jenny Wiley Theatre: Harker DRACULA. BFA Marietta College, MFA Ohio University.

James Fairchild (Alf/Ensemble) James is so very happy to be back at Playhouse on Park having performed in last season's production of AVENUE Q. NATIONAL TOUR: Buddy THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY; REGIONAL: SHREK, SISTER ACT, THE PILLOWMAN, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, and THE FULL MONTY. He would like to thank Sean, Darlene, and Tracy for allowing to come play in beautiful West Hartford. We are all made of Starstuff!

Elena V. Levenson (Fighting Prawn/Grempkin/Sanchez/Mack/Ensemble) Playhouse on Park debut! Abrons Arts Center: Dina THE KING OF CHELM (world premiere); Columbia University/Schapiro Theatre: Grekova PLATONOV (dir. Sina Heiss), Squirrel Tooth Alice OD; University of Illinois: Electra IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS (dir. Robert Quinlan); What You Will Shakespeare Company: Feste TWELFTH NIGHT; Vittoria Corombona THE WHITE DEVIL; Workshops: Debbie FREEDOM by Ashley Minihan, Glitz ACCIDENTAL BURLESQUE by Gina Femia.

Miss Sandra Mhlongo (Smee/Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! The Kraine Theatre: Leigh ELECTRIC CURRENT OF THE OCEAN; St. George Living History Production: Sojourner Truth SUFFRAGE AND COURAGE; Columbia Stages: Woman1/Nun3/Prostitute1/Nurse3 DON JUAN RETURNS FROM THE WAR; Battery Park Theatre: Cal AND THEN THEY FELL. After achieving her Bachelor of the Arts degree at AFDA School of Motion Picture and Live Performance in South Africa, Miss Mhlongo has moved to New York City to continue her international career.

James Patrick Nelson* (Lord Leonard Aster/Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! Off-Broadway: THE THREE SISTERSA MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, IVANOV, RUTHERFORD AND SON, DEATH OF BESSIE SMITH, A BLANKET OF DUST, PYGMALION, THE MAIDS. Workshops: OLD FAMILIAR FACES (Innovative Theater Nominee – Best Actor), THE SECOND SUN (Hudson Guild, Signature Center). Regional: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (American Repertory Theater, Folger Theater – Helen Hayes Award), PERICLES (Berkeley Rep). National tour with the American Shakespeare Center. BFA Boston University.

Nick Palazzo (Ted/ Ensemble) Playhouse on Park: Sonny IN THE HEIGHTS, Adam MISS NELSON IS MISSING; Goodspeed Musicals Festival of New Artists: Stephen Douglas LINCOLN IN LOVE; Ocean City Theatre Company: Prince Christopher CINDERELLA; Cortland Repertory Theatre: Perchik FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; B.F.A in Music Theatre from The Hartt School.  Nick lives in NYC and is thrilled to be returning to West Hartford, where his family has owned Elmwood Pastry Shop since 1948.  “Justa keepa go!”

Matthew Quinn* (Black Stache/Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! Broadway First National Tour: Swing US/Frohman, Hook FINDING NEVERLAND; Windwood Theatricals Tour: Himself THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WLLM SHKSPR (abridged); Ogunquit/Gateway Playhouse: Lurch THE ADDAMS FAMILY; New London Barn Playhouse: Bela Zangler CRAZY FOR YOU; Several Disney Cruise Line shows including originating Captain Hook in VILLAINS TONIGHT! by Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen aboard the Disney Magic. This story and character follows me and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Nicholas Dana Rylands (Captain Robert Falcon Scott/ Ensemble) Playhouse on Park Debut! Hartford Stage: 18th Century Apparition A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Goodspeed: Ensemble PASSING THROUGH; Monomoy Theatre: Romain Tournel A FLEA IN HER EAR, Frid A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Don Carney BILOXI BLUES; The Hartt School: Juan Peron EVITA, Joseph Cardin CHILDREN'S HOUR. Nicholas would like to thank his incredible parents for their unconditional support as well as Sean and Darlene for this amazing opportunity!

Jared Starkey (Boy/Ensemble) Previous shows at Playhouse on Park: Mark A CHORUS LINE, Boy CAT IN THE HAT; Feinstein’s/54 Below: Japheth TWO BY TWO feat. Chip Zien and Christine Pedi; Ivoryton Playhouse: Frank/Mark(us) A CHORUS LINE, Peterborough Players: Laertes WITTENBERG, Young Marley JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL; Woodstock Playhouse: Tobias SWEENEY TODD. Huge thanks to Julio Agustin and my loving friends and family. The Carson-Adler Agency. Instagram: @Jaredstarkey

Natalie Sannes (Molly Aster/Ensemble) Thrilled to be back in Neverland! Playhouse on Park: Olive SPELLING BEE; NYMF: Nibs WENDY’S SHADOW; Ozark Actors Theatre: Wendy PETER PAN, Sophia FOOLS, Little Red INTO THE WOODS; Stray Dog Theatre: Anna SPRING AWAKENING; Kirkwood Theatre: Annie Oakley ANNIE GET YOUR GUN; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Ensemble THE FOREIGNER; The Muny: Ensemble THE SOUND OF MUSIC, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Natalie would like to thank her Mom, Josh, and A&E for their love and support.; @nataliesannes

Colleen Welsh (Mrs. Bumbrake/Ensemble) Playhouse on Park: Bad Idea Bear/Ensemble AVENUE Q, Host MAMA D’S OUTRAGEOUS ROMP; Monomoy Theatre: Charlotte A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Chaperone THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Rona Lisa Peretti 25th ANNUAL...SPELLING BEE; The Glass Eye: Trinculo/Stephano THE TEMPEST. Colleen is thrilled to be returning to the Playhouse on Park! She is a graduate of the Hartt School and currently resides in New York City. 

Melanie Guerin (Music Director) is thrilled to be back at the Playhouse on Park after music directing this summer’s production of IN THE HEIGHTS. A West Hartford resident, Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance and music education, as well as a Master of Music Education degree, both from The Hartt School. She was a professional educator in Connecticut public schools for eleven years, having taught band, orchestra, chamber music, composition, music history, and music theory. She has presented at music education conventions at the state and national levels, focusing on composition and teaching empathy through music. Melanie teaches beginning instrumental conducting at The Hartt School, as well as serving as a vocal coach, music director, and accompanist in the theater division.

Sean Harris (Director) is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Playhouse on Park.  Directing Credits include IN THE HEIGHTS, PASSING STRANGE, ANGELS IN AMERICA, OF MICE AND MEN, CABARET, HAIR, and METAMORPHOSES. Acting Credits include: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED. NYC Directing Credits: The Barrow Group, The Producers Club, Theatre 22, and the Theatre at Westbeth. Recent Directing Credits: Western CT State University: Fifth Letter Productions.  Other regional acting credits include productions at Florida Studio Theatre, Shakespeare on The Sound, and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Sean has directed three productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival including the world-premiere of KISSED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM CRY, which won Best New/Original work by Broadwayworld in 2015 and was recently published by Playscripts.  Sean has a BA in Acting and Directing from DeSales University and an MFA from The New School for Drama/Actors Studio.  He is currently on the Theatre Faculty at the Spence School.

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the professional union for actors and stage managers.

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