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Apr 09
OCC Theatre to Present Family Friendly Peter Pan Prequel May 3-12

​Orange Coast College's theatre department will stage a production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" on the weekends of May 3-5 and May 10-12 in the Drama Lab Theatre. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on May 3-5 and May 10 and 11. There will be a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. 

"Peter and the Starcatcher" tells the story of how the famous "boy who never grew up" came to be. The play was adapted by Rick Elice and based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. OCC theatre instructor Tom Bruno will direct OCC's performance. 

"I had never been a fan of Peter Pan. I always thought 'C'mon, grow up!'" says Bruno. "This story gives a very beautiful reason as to why he doesn't want to grow up." 

The play is family-friendly, and the audience will be asked to use their imaginations to follow student actors on a magical journey. 

"Our student actors have such a love for this story, for the style in which the story is told. It's funny, it's over the top and has a pantomime-type humor," explains Bruno. "One of the recurring themes in the play is selflessness — in this very selfish society, being selfless and sacrificing themselves for a larger cause is something that I think is inherently appealing to [our students]." 

 Tickets run $12 in advance at or $15 at the door ($8/$10 for students and seniors). For more information, contact Bruno at