WINFIELD — The Southwestern College theater department will present its family-friendly fall production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.

Southwestern College logo“Even though the ‘Peter Pan’ characters still are evolving during ‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ you can tell who they are going to become,” said Allyson Moon, SC director of theater.

“The show is written in a way that is highly entertaining and is absolutely for the entire family. We even learn about the secrets of the magic fairy dust.”

Peter Pan, his fellow characters, and the setting of Neverland have appeared in many works since the original books and play were written by J.M. Barrie. The earliest were the stage productions of the play and an adaptation to silent film, done with Barrie’s involvement and personal approval.

Later works included adaptations of the main story in both animated and live-action films, musical stage productions, and a sequel novel. In addition, there have been numerous uses of Barrie’s characters, settings, and story lines, including reinterpretations, sequels, prequels and spinoffs in a variety of media, including film, television series, video games and books.

Moon explained why she thinks Barrie’s work has been so popular through the years.

“I think it is because the Lost Boys get to live lives that all of us have dreamed of,” she said, “imagining we won’t grow up, being able to fly, being able to have things the way we want them and not how the grownups want them to be.

“With regards to Hook, the thing that continues to make him endearing is that he doesn’t seem to be entirely bad. He wants to be the ultimate villain, but he has just enough flaws in his makeup that make him funny. So even though he does some really villainous things, one still can have compassion for him.

“And Tinkerbell — to have a guardian angel, someone who is always looking out for Peter Pan, I think that is something that we imagine about angels or fairies or sprites. Tinkerbell encompasses so many good and helpful parts of those spirits.”

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors or $6 for students. For more information or tickets, call (620) 221-7720 or email

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas. Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world.

Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for people serving in the military.

The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.