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One-Act Play Places 3rd in Competition

Noah Allen (center) as Black Stache, with Harper Purcell (left) as Smee and Moira Lockwood (right) as Lord Aster. Photo by Kelley Cuneo.

Though J. M. Barrie published Peter and Wendy in 1904, most people are still familiar with characters like Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, and Captain Hook, partly thanks to the text’s numerous adaptations. But how did Peter Pan meet the Lost Boys? How did Captain Hook lose his hand?

Those who attended Athens Academy’s recent production of Peter and the Starcatcher know the answers to such questions. Based on the 2004 novel Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Rick Elice’s stage adaptation serves as a prequel to the original Peter and Wendy. Primary roles in Athens Academy’s production went to Wyatt Sears (’22), who played Peter; Noah Allen (’20), who played Captain Hook’s younger self, the Black Stache (so named for his trademark black mustache); and Kira Avolio (’21), who played Wendy Darling’s mother, Molly Aster.

Kira Avolio (left) and Wyatt Sears (right) as Molly Aster and Peter Pan. Photo by Kelley Cuneo.

After home performances on Oct. 17-19 and 24, on Saturday, Oct. 26 the company transported themselves, their costumes, and their set to Riverside Academy for the regional round of the Georgia High School Association’s annual one-act play competition. (They departed campus at 4:30 a.m.!) Athens Academy placed third overall behind Lakeview Academy and Prince Avenue, and although the school will not continue to the state competition, the company of Peter and the Starcatcher received numerous other accolades: Noah Allen won Outstanding Actor (a.k.a. best actor), Kira Avolio and Eliza Connolly were named to the All Star Cast, and the show won the award for Best Crew!