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"Peter and the Starcatcher" starts June 9 at the Black Hills Playhouse. 

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How did Peter Pan learn to fly? And how exactly did Captain Hook get that mean streak?

Fans of the beloved Peter Pan franchise will enjoy this month’s Black Hills Playhouse production “Peter and the Starcatcher,” said artistic director Dan Workman.

“It’s a wonderful script told in an imaginative way,” said Workman.

The play kicks off June 9 and runs through June 25.

The play is based on the 2004 book, Peter and the Starcatcher, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice.

The play aims to provide some of the backstory of the main characters in the Peter Pan story, including Wendy, Captain Hook and Pan himself.

“The names in the play are not the names we recognize, but it’s how those characters got to be what they are,” Workman said. “It’s a lot of fun and there’s wonderful humor in it.”

Sixteen cast members have worked through rehearsals on a stage that is set to impress, Workman added.

“The set is absolutely gorgeous and with the fantastic story, it’s going to be beautiful,” he added.

Workman encouraged families to enjoy the play, made easier by the Playhouse’s Kids Go Free program. On June 10 and 14 of this play, kids under the age of 18 can get in free with the purchase of one adult ticket.

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“We really try to find ways to make theater affordable for families,” Workman said.

The play is rated PG and includes musical numbers.

“It’s not quite a musical, but there is music involved,” Workman said. “It’s a wonderful family adventure, but it’s not just for kids. Kids will enjoy it, but there’s a lot of humor the adults will enjoy.”

Workman said he hopes the audience is drawn in to not only the story, but the imaginative way the actors deliver.

“I hope they walk away with a sense of fun,” he said.

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