FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER 2016

PETER: But I don’t want it to end! ...

MOLLY: This isn’t the end. You’re going to remember everything, every single detail - …

PETER: The thing we did…

MOLLY: Against impossible odds…

- Act II, Scene 10; PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Last December at Dobama, something magical happened. Hundreds and hundreds of people, many of them families with children, walked through our doors and sat in our theatre for the very first time. They experienced cats and crocodiles, mollusks and mermaids, pirates and Peter Pan, all brought to the stage through the magic of stagecraft. Everyone sat close together and experienced our little world of Neverland.

I heard stories of children begging parents and grandparents to bring them back again, with many volunteering Christmas, Hanukkah, and birthday money to cover the cost of a ticket. I was stopped in the lobby and received emails with tales of kids playing “Black Stache and Peter Pan” in the living room, flying down the hallway, or sword fighting with wooden spoons in the kitchen. We had many reports of kids signing up to be in school and community plays and even submitting their own plays to our Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival. And many of the Moms, Dads, Grandpas and Grandmas decided to come back to Dobama to have a date night of their own by attending a more adult show later in the season.

This is a true “encore production” for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. The enthusiasm of our audiences and the wish for many to see the show that couldn’t get a ticket last year prompted the move to bring it back again this year. But, our mission is centered on Cleveland premieres, so this will be Peter’s final flight on our stage.

In this season of giving, we’re happy to give you this magical theatre experience and we hope that you’ll consider making a year-end gift to Dobama so that we can continue to do the important work of supporting professional local theatre artists and bringing high-quality, important productions to the region. From everyone at Dobama Theatre, have a healthy and happy winter season.