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Drama Club’s Spring Play Takes off with “Peter Pan”

By Sarah Zimmerman

“Peter Pan” will take the stage first in drama club’s spring play, allowing the club to reach a broader audience than the previous play this year. A story known by many, “Peter Pan” will not only excite younger generations, but also bring cheer to adults. With it’s adventurous, carefree tone, the play will start the night with a much lighter tone compared to the more-feasible story of “The Princess and the Pauper.”

“You have the childishness of ‘Peter Pan’ and matureness of ‘Princess and the Pauper,’” sophomore Matthew Juhlin said. “You have the crazy, ridiculous fantasy of ‘Peter Pan’ and the more realistic history of ‘Princess and the Pauper.’ Character wise and plot wise, in ‘Peter Pan,’ you see the classic good versus evil; whereas, in ‘Princess and the Pauper,’ there’s no true antagonist…the entire conflict of the play stems off of a mistake…I think it’s going to be quite enjoyable.”

The fantasy of “Peter Pan” follows a young girl and her two brothers as they meet Peter Pan and fly with him to Neverland, a place where time stops. In Neverland, the kids meet the lost boys and have fun, until encountering Captain Hook and his pirates, who wish to end all the fun in Neverland, giving everyone an experience to remember. Likewise, not only do the characters in “Peter Pan” experience an adventure, but the cast and crew for “Peter Pan” have also been on a journey while creating the production of this first act.

“Student directing ‘Peter Pan’ as your first show is definitely an experience, because there are so many people in the cast and so many of the scenes have everybody on the stage at the same time,” student director Riley Lawson said. “It’s definitely been fun and interesting and different, because I have to work out how to somehow fit 28 people on stage at the same time, who all have to talk and then move them around. It’s been fun. It’s just different from a lot of shows I know, because here’s a lot of action stuff that goes on, and there’s a lot of people on stage. It’s been trying to figure out how exactly to overcome that.”

Although it is challenging to work everyone on stage, “Peter Pan” allows a larger cast and crew than drama club has seen in a play recently, with over 40 cast and crew members involved. Not only that, but “Peter Pan” has also brought some creativity to the stage, using lights and mirrors to create Tinkerbell and using some set pieces for multiple scenes. This gives not only the crew new interesting jobs, but also gives the cast of “Peter Pan” opportunity to be creative with their parts.

“I am looking forward to it, because it’s a fun show, it’s super creative and it gives the chance to explore the stretch of an actor’s imagination,” senior Delaney Echelmeyer said. “I’m just hoping for another great show and a chance to show the capabilities of our drama program.”