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Lakewood drama club presents Peter Pan Jr.

 

Christopher Andersson

Lakewood High School student Kat Corn, who plays Peter Pan, sings at the center of the Lost Boys during a musical number in a rehearsal for the Lakewood drama club's production of Peter Pan Jr. on April 27.

Lakewood High School's drama club will hold their first production in their new theater space this May where they will present Peter Pan Jr.

The musical will be on May 3, 4, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. matinee performances on May 6 and 12.

Performances are at Lakewood High School at 17023 11th Ave. NE. General admission for the play is $10.

"The play is a retelling of the classic story 'Peter Pan," said Rachel Primrose, a Lakewood High School student who plays Wendy.

"This particular version is based on the J.M. Barrie original novel and play," said Emily May, drama teacher for the school.

There are some changes from the Disney version, although the core story remains.

"Peter Pan sweeps the Darling children back to Neverland with him and they get into all sorts of battles with the pirates and the Brave Girls," said May.

Although there is more focus on the main characters, she said.

"Instead of the big show of a Disney production where there's mermaids and all these extra characters that are a lot of ensemble, this one is a little more intimate and you get to hear from all the characters that are on stage," she said.

One of the main conflicts is between Wendy's desire to return home and grow up and Peter Pan's desire to stay the same.

"We both start to realize, right before intermission, that our worlds do not mix and we have to go our separate ways, and that would be hard for anybody," said Kat Corn, a Lakewood High School student who plays Peter Pan.

"The reason I really enjoy doing it is because we talked about the conflict of Pan wanting to stay young forever and Wendy being this catalyst to this world as he knows it," said Primrose.

Lakewood High School opened this year and this play will be the first production at the new theater.

"It feels welcoming, you feel like you're at a real theater house when you walk in," said May.

"This facility, the potential is just endless. We have lighting and sounds to rival professional theater houses," she said.

The seating arrangement is a lot closer to the stage as well.

"The audience seating is a little more intimate, which is actually nicer for live theater," said May.

Corn was happy to get to perform on the new stage.

"I think its absolutely beautiful and stunning, and I feel like we're totally spoiled with it," she said.

She said she was happy to be part of the first group to get to act on the stage.

"I think setting up a very professional foundation for the shows to come has been an honor," she said.

The new theater space has also allowed more technical feats, like wire work that allows the characters in the play to "fly."

"The audience is going to be swept away by the magic of the flying," said May.

The school worked with a Las Vegas company which helped train individuals on how to work the wire to fly actors safely.

"The flying has been really magical," said Primrose.

Corn called the experience of getting pulled through the air on wires "crazy."

"It's unpredictable, but it is a blast," she said.

May wanted to recognize school staff and parents who helped with the play.

"So many community members have helped and supported this production," she said.

 

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