NEWCASTLE — “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a veritable treasure chest sparkling under the lights, as the lid lifts and the contents are discovered each evening in Lincoln Academy’s Poe Theater, 81 Academy Hill Road. It is a play with music, a showpiece of creative energy with comedic bits, funny and satirical dialogue, goofy jokes and endlessly inventive theater craft. Designed with oodles of precisely-timed technical elements and spectacle for an intimate space like the Poe, this clever Peter Pan legend runs on Heartwood’s stage for seven performances from July 28 through 30 and Aug. 3 through 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The cast of 12 is spot-on, delivering witty lines and physical shenanigans, woven together with joyful threads of imagination and high voltage energy. “Peter and the Starcatcher” picked up five Tony Awards in 2012, when it first appeared on Broadway and has been cited as one of the “smartest theatrical anomalies ever to reach Broadway.”

The play, through its meandering silliness and joy, tells the journey of a nameless, anxious orphan, who grows up to become someone extraordinary … the never-ending Peter Pan.

There is another journey happening, simultaneously … that of the audience. Anyone willing to lean into this piece and leave all else behind will come to accept the extraordinary … and to believe. The intimacy of actors to audience in the Poe Theater lends itself in perfection to this jewel of a theater experience.

To quote theatre reviewer Ben Brantley, “The story … is as simple, cozy and scary as the best bedtime stories are. Its elements include an ocean voyage, a shipwreck, a cargo of something called stardust ….”

For kids 8 to 108, this show is a no-miss for summer entertainment and delight.

Reservations are advised; email info@heartwoodtheater.org or call 207-563-1373. Student tickets (through college) are $5, sponsored by Peapod Jewelry & First National Wealth Management; adult tickets are $30.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is sponsored by Moody’s Diner and Heartwood’s longstanding Season Sponsor Bath Savings Institution.

Based on the best-selling novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Parson, this play by Rick Elice was conceived for the stage by Directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, with music by Wayner Barker. Presented with special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).

Sporting a playful imagination, Heartwood Theater’s ensemble entertains and delights in “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Front L-R: Ryan Kohnert, Ray Huth, Mitchell Straus, Tommy MacDonell, Garret Coffey; back L-R: Benno Hennig, Ben Schwink, Nanette Fraser. Photo by Jenny Mayher

In a scene of absolute hilarity, actors deliver the musical number “Mermaid Outta Me” in Heartwood Theater’s “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Clockwise, from front center: Tommy MacDonell, Garrett Coffey, Nanette Fraser, Mitchell Straus, Ray Huth, Benno Hennig, Ryan Kohnert and May Halm. Photo by Jenny Mayher