Friday, October 17, 2014

TOP STORY >> Peter Pan opens Friday at Cabot High

Leader staff writer

The Cabot High School theater department is presenting the high flying adventure of “Peter Pan the Musical!”

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $7.

This will be the first time for the theater to use an aerial harness in stunt work to make the actors soar into the air.

Savannah Woods plays Peter Pan, and she is looking forward to looking as light as air. “It is magical. It is a big part of the show. We get to work closely with the technical students to make sure everyone is OK.”

Brandon Turner, who plays Captain Hook, said, “It is going to be good. It is fun. We are about to piece it together for the final product. (Thursday) was the first day everyone was in costume.”

Turner said the Captain Hook costume is great. “It is hot, but worth it.”

The lion, played by Eli Young, a Southside Elementary third grader, said, “Pirates stink and lions rule.”

The original 1954 Broadway show is based on J.M. Barrie’s fairytale. The audience will be whisked away to Neverland, where they will met the villainous Captain Hook and pirates, the adventurous Lost Boys, fierce Indians, beautiful mermaids and jungle creatures.

Performing the original 1954 Broadway Version, the show begins at the Darling household where Peter Pan and Wendy meet for the first time. Peter flies the Darling children away. Dancing Indians, led by Tiger Lily, are a highlight of the show.

Peter Pan, a family favorite, features the iconic songs “I’m Flying”, “I’ve Gotta Crow”, “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”

The cast is also led by Ashley Julison as Wendy. Grown-up Wendy is Marcela Shipley, and the role of Tiger Lily is shared between Riley Hoffer and Kelsey Drees.

The roles of Mr. and Mrs. Darling will be performed by Spencer Worth and Autumn Romines. McKenzie Marks is John Darling and Logan Williams is Michael Darling.

The role of Liza is split between Ashton Williams and Zoe Eddington. Nana is Andrew Hupp and the crocodile is Josh Scott. Jane is played by Brooklyn Jennings.

The pirates of Neverland are JP Gairhan as Smee, Kolby Cole, Ian Gonzalez, Jay King, Keaton Grimmett, Spencer Worth, Madi Burrow, Natalie Burrow, Seth Stewart, Jordan Gately, Hannah Brletich, Greg Stone, Kallie Benedict, Blain Mahoney, DJ Boswell, Brennen Applegate, Annalisse Riley, Payton Carlton, Clarissa Struble, Autumn Toler, Hallie Eastham and Micah Long.

Indians are Jeni Fuller, Autumn Romines, Sarah Mitchell, Lindsay Salzman, Macy McClanahan, Lauren Travis, Laiken Kaylor, Ashley Martin, Saralyn Hellstern, Shelby Thompson, Allie DeStefano, Corbin Friddle, Morgan Walters, Charl Young, Jalen Hemphill, Jack Teague, Easton Seidl, Cody Nabors and Seth Carter.

The Lost Boys of Neverland are Madi Burrow, Natalie Brewer, Seth Stewart, Jordan Gately, Hannah Brletich, Greg Stone, Kallie Benedict, Cody Pugh, Shelly Griebel, Heidi Mackey, Rachel Ball, Emily Adair, Baylee New, Logan Melder, Wyatt McMahan, Savanna Young, Sam Owen, Justin Cheatham, Luke Falcinelli, Audrey Lightfoot, D’Vitrius Shirley, Courtney Lewis, Tristan Bulice, Emily Nichols, Justin Hagar, April Watts, Ana Covington, Brittany Billingsley, Vikki Ray, Patience Mitchell, Skylar Ward, Avery Elliott and Greer King.

Mermaids are Taylor Cagle, Sydney Calvert, Saidee McCaa, Hallie Lubinski, Natalie Way, Sarah Newlan, Kayla Looney and Emma Carpenter.

Jungle creatures are the Eli Young as the lion, Paisley Mobbs, Piper Mobbs, Eloise Owen, Annie Thomas and Ally Pray as baby flamingos. The flamingos are Haleigh Geheb, Autumne Kendricks and Kirsten LeCompte.

Stagecraft running crew is Ty Allenbaugh, Lucas Hein, Kayla Henard, Hayden Huckaby, Madison Little, Kayli Sims, Noah Ross, Brady Van Gorder, Justin Anglin, Tori Marshall, Quinton Shelton, Brent Simmons, Andrew Summers, Stage Manager is Trevin Willison, Lights are run by Echo Clark, Erica Savage, Haley Wilson. Fly System Operators are Taylor Barger, Andrew Dover, Bodey Jackson, James Johnson and Noah Tiner.

The show is directed by Ashley Tarvin and the technical director is John Middleton.

The music director is Ben Brockinton, and the student directors are Tanner Johnson and Jeni Fuller.

The choreographers are Bailey Moses and Ashley Tarvin.

The costume directors are Kim Marks and Bambi Romines. The costume and props director is McKenzie Marks. The graphic design artist is Sarah Wells, publicity is by Julie Williams, and the Backstage Manager is Logan Smith.