PRINCETON — The Learning Stage Committee of the Princeton Theatre Group is organizing an excursion to Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook to see the Broadway hit, "Peter and the Starcatcher", on Sunday, Oct. 11. The day will include a Drury Lane champagne brunch before seeing a matinee performance of the show.
Festival 56 theatre-goers will have the opportunity to see a familiar face in a lead role on the Drury Lane stage, Caleb Donahoe, a former Festival 56 company member, plays "Boy" in Peter and the Starcatcher. He was part of the festival's 2013 and 2014 seasons, appearing in the Full Monty, the Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oliver and Into the Woods. Donahoe will meet/greet the Princeton group after the matinee.
Drury Lane describes Peter and the Starcatcher as "an enchanting, swashbuckling, grown-up's prequel to Peter Pan that will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight." Based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, it is a fast-paced, exhilarating theatre experience suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older. The audience follows a captivating cast of characters on a journey to solve the mystery of how Peter Pan became, "the boy who never grew up."
"Teeming with heroes, villains and all those in between, Peter and the Starcatcher is both a terrific story and a celebration of theater itself," said Matt Mueller (an actor in the Drury Lane production) in a recent interview in the Chicago Tribune. "Everybody is working together to tell this fantastic story that just consumes you, It goes from nothing to this incredible something before your eyes. It's like there's this big magic ball that gets thrown into the air, and you see the ensemble keeping it up there spinning."
On Oct. 11, those taking the Drury Lane trip will depart from the Grace Theatre, 316 S. Main St., Princeton, at 9:30 a.m. on a excursion bus to Oak Brook. The bus will arrive back in Princeton at approximately 7 p.m. Transportation, brunch and the show are all included in the cost of $135 for adults ($120 for students up to 18).
This theater excursion package may be purchased online at www.festival56.com, by leaving a message with the Festival 56 box office at 815-879-5656, ext.11, or by emailing a request to. Phone messages are returned by the next business day. The deadline for ordering tickets is Thursday, Sept. 17.