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Show continues this weekend Oct. 12-14

Review By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

October 10, 2017 - (Casa De Oro) - Kids are amazing. The Young Actors Theatre stars shine again and again. They are committed, work hard, and keep growing as talented young people—some of whom could have long careers in the arts if they wish.

Peter and the Star Catcher, directed and choreographed by Joe Dioisio, is a complex but not well known show that is at times hard to follow. The story is about Peter Pan, before he was Pan. Let your imagination take flight.

The play does bring in a lot of elements from Peter Pan,  but personally this play does not resonate with me. I guess I never wanted to be a kid forever. That said, YAT actors brought a lot to the table. This show featured a somewhat smaller cast then most of their shows--12 hard-working kids to cover it all.

Two young actors stood out. Astrid Pett as Black Stache keeps getting better and better. The second was young Jack Gardiner. I’m sure I’ve mentioned him before. I was totally impressed with what I thought was a girl playing Mrs.Bumbrake (Molly's nanny.). She was doing such a great job with her English accent, and was so likable. The next day I was recounting the play to my sister, and raved on about how amazing this girl was. I was totally shocked when I looked at my program to write the review and realized this was Jack. I'm twice as impressed. Way to go Jack.

Molly, played by Marizela Manzanilla, was born in Peru and her own accent, not English, threw things a bit. However her performance flawless. Max Coston, played Peter, and he had a young boy's appeal.

My favorite part of the show were the antics of Black Stache. They made the show.


Overall, the show (and I would not say it's a musical, the barely sang, which is unusual for YAT) is an interesting mix of heart and soul. They need and deserve to have a full audience to appreciate their work.

Iif you have a love for Peter Pan,  you have a few more opportunities give them a chance.

Peter and the Star Catcher

Encore Theatre

Spring Valley

October 5, 6,7, 12, 13, 14, 7pm

October 7,8, 14, 15 2pm

Coming next

Wizard of OZ


Close, but not quite

Thank you for coming to the show and your kind remarks, but it should be noted Astrid's last name is Pett, not Platt.


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