cast and creative
Anya Bachor (Molly Aster) playing the role of Molly, is very excited to be a part of this wonderful production of Peter and the Starcatcher. A freshman at Mt. Ararat High School, Anya’s favorite classes include English, Science, and World Religions. Anya started acting at age eight and has had the pleasure of being in numerous plays and musicals. Her latest productions include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Imogene Herdman), Narnia the Musical (Aslan), and Radium Girls (Irene), as well as appearing in Peter Pan Jr, The Lion King Jr, and Annie. In addition to acting, Anya enjoys soccer, writing, and performing as a tenor saxophonist and singer in her band, Cantatio. Anya would like to thank her family for supporting her and helping to make her dream become a reality.
Asher Barreras (Musician) grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has enjoyed playing and studying music for over 25 years. He started on the violin and studied many of the string and percussion instruments including: bass, cello, guitar, piano, and drums. He also studied music and bass as the Conservatori de Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, under professor Horacio Fumero from 2008-09. Asher received his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies, training in music and bass performance under professor Lynn Seaton and Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas, cum laude 2010. He has been a professional traveling musician, teacher, and composer for close to 17 years. After living in New York City he relocated to Cundy’s Harbor, Maine.
Josh Brassard (Grempkin) is proud to be a part of this production of Peter and the Starcatcher. An actor, playwright and software engineer based in the Greater Portland area, this is his first production at The Theater Project. Favorite roles include Stanley in The Birthday Party (Acorn Productions, Westbrook), Bertram in All's Well on the Waterfront (Naked Shakespeare, Portland), Hugh in Duck and Cover (New YORK Theatre Co., Westbrook), Macbeth in Macbeth (Pie Man Theatre Co., Portland), Laertes in Hamlet (Fenix Theater Co., Portland), Rex in Best Enemies (Pie Man, Portland), Bluntschli in Arms and the Man (Pie Man, Portland) and Harry in Harry Jameson (Pie Man, Portland). Josh is a member of Acorn's Naked Shakespeare ensemble, and can be seen in their upcoming production of Pericles in March 2019. In 2015, he co-founded Pie Man Theatre Company, based in Portland, and has done most of his recent work under that shingle. He'd like to thank the Starcatchers for everything, Ian and Grace for their patience, and Christina for her support and love. Enjoy the show!
Lily Collier (Prentiss) is a sophomore at Mt. Ararat High Schoo. Peter and the Starcatcher is her debut at the Theater Project, though she has done shows with other theater companies, including The Matchmaker and Twelve Angry Jurors at Mt. Ararat, and Into the Woods at Midcoast Youth Theater. In her spare time, she also enjoys dancing, playing flute, and photography.
David Covell (Black Stache) grew up in the Young People’s Theater, back in the days of barnstorming and when The Theater Project first began. Yo 80’s, wassup! Now, a creative director by day, and picture book author and illustrator by night…his latest book, Run Wild, was named a Best Illustrated Book of The Year by The New York Times. It’s been three years since he played Simon in Scorched, right here (a VERY different play) and before that 20 years since he was onstage…so give him a break! After playing Peter Pan for most of his life, it’s about time he grew up and played the other half. Thanks, Al!
Kate Gray (Choreographer) (used to be Huntington) Gray has been lurking around the Theater Project and the Young People’s Theater since she was a tween in the 70’s. (The Black Stache was there, too!) She discovered along the way that acting, like music, was an art that would take time to master, even in a small ay. Never a multi-tasker, she went down the music path, but loves to be able to combine music and theater, especially here. She is most grateful to Asher, Al, Wendy, and all the marvelous cast and crew for sharing the starstuff. Kate also enjoys teaching violin lessons at her home in Bowdoinham and hanging out with husband bill and daughter Celeste.
Hollie Pryor (Captain Scott) is a recent graduate from the University of Southern Maine’s theatre program, and is delighted to be making her Theater Project debut! When she’s not working with STAGES Youth Theatre as a teaching artist, she works as managing director for StageRage Theatre Company in Portland. Her next project is traveling to Rhode Island (and not the South Pole) to direct War: A Love Story at the Contemporary Theatre Company.
Elizabeth Chasse-King (Mrs. Bumbrake) is so excited to be performing for the second time at The Theater Project. She would like to come clean with the world, or whoever reads this bio, and state that she has a Feline Addiction. It’s a very real and serious disease in which she can’t say no to bringing more cats into her life. She currently has seven, but is married, so she doesn’t technically qualify as a “Crazy Cat Lady”. Please support theater as that helps curb her Feline Addiction. Thank you and enjoy the show.
Cory King (Alf) Cory is thrilled to be doing his first production at The Theater Project. You may have seen Cory in other plays at other places. He has written some too. And directed a few. And built sets. You may remember him as the big guy who was surprising agile or perhaps that really loud guy in that play- oh what was it called. Should you find him at a watering hole after the show, gin is always a welcomed greeting, or a high five- or both! When not on stage he is a community leader. In addition, Cory is the residential staff of two dogs and several cats. The contract is for life and payments are received through kitten biscuits and face licking. Thanks to my Beth for the love, support and for teaching me how to appreciate those with furr that purr.
Adam Mass (Lord Aster) I love sailing, comedy, and theater. This show fits the bill. I started doing theater in Peoria, Illinois. I have performed on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and St Louis. I recently did a few shows in Freeport with the Freeport Players. I have sailed a sailboat across the Atlantic. I have sailed to islands. I love the people here at TTP. I dedicate this performance to my mother. She was a good laugher.
Al Miller (Director) moved to Maine from the Middle East in the early 70’s and a year later started The Young People’s Theater which eventually became The Theater Project. He feels lucky to live in Maine, to do work he loves with young people and adults which makes him wonder if it’s really work. He is a proud father and grandfather.
Emma Roth-Wells (Bill Slank) Emma Roth-Wells is a junior at Morse High School. She has been in multiple Theater Project productions including “Radium Girls”, “Mother’s Helper” by Jim Adolf, and Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”.
Inua Saibou-Baldi (Boy) is a Freshman at Brunswick High School. He has been in theater for a few years and loves it. His favorite roles to play have been Rooster from Annie and The Wolf from Into The Woods. Some of his hobbies besides acting are: being in nature, observing wildlife, sailing, playing board games, and community service. He would like to thank his mother, his father, and his grandma, who are always there for him. He would also like to thank his brother, who has always been a great friend and inspired him to go into theater.
Megan Tripaldi (See) is an actor, bi-coastally produced playwright, and educator living and working in Portland, ME. They graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a BA in Theatre in 2012 and has had plays produced in Maine, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Washington, and Pennsylvania. They most recently performed with Stage Rage, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, Bare Portland Theater, Acorn Productions, Kerr and Company, Portland Stage Company, and and at multiple Fringe festivals on the east coast. They founded Stage Rage in 2014 and are constantly working to create new, exciting, and meaningful theatre.
Gabe Tower (Ted) Gabriel is currently 8th grader at Brunswick Junior High School. He has acted in many shows, and participated in TTP summer camps. In his free time he enjoys working on robotics projects, skiing, and sailing. And he is excited to be back for another show!
High Output, Monmouth Theatre, Jim Alexander, David Covell, Tessa Price, Bryanna Alley, Wicked Joe, Leko Gagnon, Taverna Khione, Vessel and Vine, Rowan Price, Jean Shaw
A Very Special Thank You to A Company of Girls!!
There is a 15 minute intermission during the performance.
Peter and the Starcatcher is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI.
Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagell Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Swedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions.