HIckory – The cast of Hickory Community Theatre’s upcoming mainstage production of the Broadway hit Peter and the Starcatcher includes three theatre enthusiasts: Nathan Crabtree, Gavin Dagenhardt, and Coleson Berlin.

This recent Broadway hit reimagines the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. In an all-male cast, with the exception of the lead female Molly, Crabtree plays the dual roles of Mrs. Bumbrake, Molly’s stereotypical British nanny, with mature and enticing charm, as well as the stern Teacher of the orphan boys. Dagenhardt and Berlin play two of those orphan boys, Prentiss and Ted, respectively. Prentiss is ambitious and logical with a touch of cowardice, and Ted is a natural performer with an obsession with food. They accompany Boy (Peter) on his journey to a distant island where humor, peril, and magic ensue.

Nathan Crabtree is a local theatre favorite who has been living and performing in the Hickory area for 23 years. Favorite credits include “Bill/Big Bud/Coach” in Heathers: The Musical at Queen City Theatre Company, “Stone” in City of Angels at Lenoir Rhyne University, “Thenardier” in Les Misérables at Hickory Community Theatre, and “Lancelot” in Spamalot at HCT as well. Crabtree is the music teacher at Catawba Elementary School and music director at Northminster Presbyterian Church. He is the proud father of his three daughters: Clare, Tess, and Samantha.

Gavin Dagenhardt is a junior at Hickory High School. Active in both theatre and school, Dagenhardt is a member of Interact Club, Beta Club, and student council, as well as his church youth group and band. An active participant in local theatre, he has appeared in several productions including West Side Story at the Green Room Community Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Hickory High School, The Little Mermaid, Jr. at Hickory Community Theatre, and A Christmas Story at HCT where he played the lead role, Ralphie.

Coleson Berlin is a sophomore at Saint Stephens High School. A kid who grew up on the stage, Berlin is no stranger to local theatre. Berlin has appeared in several recent productions­­­­­­­­- both musicals and straight plays. Favorite shows include Shrek the Musical, The Music Man, and Dr. Doolittle, all at Hickory Community Theatre. One of his fondest theatre memories was playing Billy Ray alongside the beloved and talented James Best in On Golden Pond at HCT in 2014.

Peter and the Starcatcher opens December 2nd and runs Thursdays (Dec 8, 15) at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays (2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17) and 8:00pm, and Sundays (Dec 11, 18) at 2:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (only $16 on Thursdays for both adults and seniors), and $10 for youth and students. Tickets may be purchased online at hickorytheatre.showare.com or at the Theatre box office, which is open 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday, in person or by phoning 828-328-2283.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Peter and the Starcatcher is the fourth show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive, and is produced by Alex Lee Inc.

Photo:  Gavin Dagenhardt (left) is Prentiss, Nathan Crabtree is Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher and Coleson Berlin is Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher, opening December 2nd at the Hickory Community Theatre. For tickets and information call 828-328-2283 or go to hickorytheatre.org. Photo is by John Koval. Gavin Dagenhardt, Nathan Crabtree & Coleson Berlin