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Cast members of 'Peter'

Cast members of "Peter and the Starcatcher' are shown rehearsing for the show at 4th Street Theater in Chesterton.

Rob Hunt, director of Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater’s “Peter and the Starcatcher,” strongly recommends audience members young and old bring an active imagination to his play.

“With this play, you get to ask the audience to use their creative mind to see what we’re asking them to see,” he said. “Instead of using tricks to make things float, somebody holds somebody up and you see them doing that on stage. But the audience is asked to believe that they're floating, and that’s what’s really cool about the show.”

Continuing through Nov. 18, “Peter” is a prequel of sorts to “Peter Pan” in which Peter, who is sent to a faraway island on a ship, meets Molly, a starcatcher in training. The two must protect a trunk on the ship from falling into the hands of ne'er-do-well pirates.

Taking its cue from the '00s book series of the same name, which was penned by author and columnist Dave Barry, along with veteran author Ridley Pearson, “Peter” was adapted for the stage in 2009. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards and took home five.

“It’s an amazing story with lots of fun,” Hunt said. “You get a chance to see the possibility of what some of the iconic characters were like before they became the iconic characters they are now in ‘Peter Pan.’”

Adam Gustas is Peter and Kelly Collins is Molly in 4th Street Theater’s production of “Peter.” They are joined onstage by Dean Perrine as Black Stache, the leader of the pirates, Alexander Bonner as Black Stashe’s first mate, Smee and George Maslankowski as Lord Leonard Aster, Molly’s father and a senior starcatcher.

“It is going to be just great,” Hunt said. “I’ve got an amazing cast and the set designer and costume designer and everything is really, really good. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

Next up for 4th Street Theater is a production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” scheduled to be staged in March.

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