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2017-09-07 / Lifestyles

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ ... opens MusicalFare’s 28th season

by HOLLY N. LIPKA
Reporter


Actors perform “Peter Tony- and the winning Starcatcher,” musical and a onstage grownup at prequel MusicalFare to Peter Theatre, Pan, Amherst. 4380 Main St. Suite 123, Actors perform “Peter Tony- and the winning Starcatcher,” musical and a onstage grownup at prequel MusicalFare to Peter Theatre, Pan, Amherst. 4380 Main St. Suite 123, The 28th season of MusicalFare Theatre begins Wednesday, Sept. 6, with the story of a boy who would not grow up.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” a Tony-winning musical and grown-up prequel to Peter Pan, follows Molly, a starcatcher in-training, and Peter on an adventure at sea.

More productions lined up for the 2017-18 season include “Violet,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Once” and “Murder for Two.” The theatre offers free parking and the Premier Cabaret, which includes a fully stocked bar, appetizers and live performances after the show.

“The idea is to create a one-stop experience for people,” said Randall Kramer, MusicalFare artistic/executive director. “You can come and have a drink before the show and stick around after for some live music. We call it the MusicalFare experience.”


a Starcatcher,” “Peter and the production that follows Peter Pan and star- catcher- in- training Molly, will run at the MusicalFare Theatre from Sept. 6 to Oct. 8. a Starcatcher,” “Peter and the production that follows Peter Pan and star- catcher- in- training Molly, will run at the MusicalFare Theatre from Sept. 6 to Oct. 8. Following “Peter and the Starc atcher,” which runs until Oct. 8, the production “Violet” will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 3.

“Violet” is about a woman who was accidently hit in the face with an axe blade at the age of 13 when it flew off her father’s axe while he was chopping wood. Several years later, she decides to travel across the country to have the scar removed and realizes the true meaning of beauty along the way.

“The theme is how it’s all about the way we perceive ourselves,” said Kramer. “We all have those scars, and we all have those things that we want to hide. But within all of that, there is a lot of value within us.”

Running Feb. 7 to March 11 will be “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” which highlights the written works of famous rock ’n’ roll songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The show will feature several well-known hits, including “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Stand By Me.”

“It’s just going to be one of those times where you go to the theatre and tap your toes,” said Kramer.

“Once,” running April 25 to May 27, is an emotionally captivating musical. It is also the only show to have music that won the Academy Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award and Tony Award. The show follows an Irish musician and Czech immigrant who are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of a week, the audience will follow the journey of their complicated love story.

The set is an Irish pub, which will serve real beer and wine to audience members before the show and during intermission.

“Audience members can walk up and chat with the cast members, and then the cast will continue the story,” said Kramer. “The story is funny and really touching. The entire cast plays instruments as well.” The final production of the season, “Murder for Two,” will run July 11 to Aug. 12.

“It’s a funny, murder mystery,” said

Kramer. “One actor of the show investigates the crime, and the other plays more than a dozen suspects. And they both sing and play the piano.”

Each season there are more than 160 performances in the 136-seat theatre. The theatre also offers 40 performances on the cabaret stage between main stage productions.

“The community has just been incredible,” said Kramer. “We have 20,000 people come to this theatre every year, and considering it’s just 136 seats ... that’s a lot of support.” With annual sales seven times higher after the addition of the cabaret and bar, Kramer hopes that MusicalFare Theatre can become recognized for its high quality beyond Western New York.

“There’s a lot of theatrical activity in this town, and nothing would make me happier than letting the rest of the country know what goes on here,” he said.

MusicalFare curtain times are 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.musicalfare.com, by phone at 839-8540 or at the theatre box office, 4380 Main St.

General admission tickets are $44. Active military and student rates are available, as well as subscriptions.

For more information about MusicalFare or the 2017-18 season, visit www.musicalfare.com.

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