The Family Community Theatre presents its final show of its 30th season with the production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." This Tony Award-winning play provides a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis, Captain Hook. In this imaginative production, a poor orphaned child on the high seas, called Boy, meets Molly, the daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor. The heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical stars from getting into the hands of an evil pirate. Traveling aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond.

“Peter and the Starcatcher begins with a mob of actors center stage, a community waiting to happen, and we end with those same people back with a purpose — to lift Peter, a boy who has been abused, mocked and ignored, up in flight. And we know it's the beginning of something, and that something is the collective strength of community,” said guest director and founding FCT member Patrick McCreary. He adds, “The play reflects all that we love most about theater — a sense of being part of something bigger than yourself.”

Peter and the Starcatcher

7:30 p.m. June 13-15, 3 p.m. June 16
Flag Theatre, 310 N. Main Street, Hutchinson

Inspired by the "Curbside Chat with Strong Towns' Chuck Marohn" last October at Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre, the Strong Towns message is still part of many community conversations.

Five organizations that partnered to bring the message to town have met multiple times to review the post-Strong Towns event and have centered in on the following six strategies:

1. Do the math on projects that require or request public investment to determine long-term liabilities.

2. Define and develop policies that prioritize infill.

3. Identify Downtown as a special Strong Towns district/neighborhood, with policies and practices that incentivize maintenance, lessen the burden of renovation costs, and practice placemaking for productive growth.

4. Deepen support for the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative and programs that target incremental improvements to the interior and exterior of homes, as well as build social capital and strengthen community pride and identity.

5. Adopt a holistic view of streets and maintenance, with people, placemaking, and place-based momentum as key factors for design and investment.

6. Establish a culture within and across the City that encourages creativity and experimentation (small bets) to address community challenges and potential.

Creating progress with these strategies will need the support and drive from the local residents. You are invited to attend this next meeting and voice your ideas.

The event is free, but RSVP is requested by emailing Kari Mailloux,

Strong Towns Community Convening

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 18, Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington St.

Third Thursday is approaching and Smallville comes to life during the June 20th event. From 5:30-10 p.m., downtown Hutchinson (Smallville) will be hosting several activities you won’t want to miss:

• Smallville 5K & Super Hero 1-mile

• Super Hero Costume Contest, Smallville Proclamation, and National Anthem

• SculptureWalk Hutchinson and community mural activity

• Street dance with ArtifactBand

• Beer garden outside of Carl's Bar and Delicatessen

There will also be live music throughout downtown and several art projects, including the Avenue A and Main Mural. The public is invited to participate and lend a hand helping paint this mural. I can’t think of a better way to connect with the community.

The event is free and is always an opportunity to explore downtown and meet your fellow Smallville residents.

Smallville Third Thursday

• 5:30 - 10 p.m. June 20, downtown Hutchinson


Jennifer Randall, a Hutchinson artist and organizer of Third Thursday, writes an arts and entertainment column for The Hutchinson News. Reach her at