Jae Luna (left) as Smee and Julie Goodrum as Black Stache in "Peter and the Starcatcher." Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa High School Theatre Company debuted its production of the Tony Award-winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Performing Arts Center. Imagined as a backstory to Peter Pan, the whimsical and often funny play continues Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

With great performances all around from a cast taking turns in the spotlight, the production features Joey Russoniello as the nameless Boy who hates grownups (for good reason), Taya Johnson as the intelligent, adventurous and motherly Molly Aster, and Julie Goodrum as the hilariously preening villain Black Stache.

The production is supported by a set that serves as ship and island, great sound effects and witty stagecraft. The play is directed by Alexandra Stahl, with Princess Elisa Jimenez as student director. Kevin Piquette is technical director over the tech theater crew.

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