Peter Pan takes flight at Erindale

TRINITY Christian School chose last night, Anzac Day, to open its latest production – “Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure,” but it’d all about showbiz.

Wendy (Grace Newman) and Peter Pan (Mitchell France)

Wendy (Grace Newman) and Peter Pan (Mitchell France)

According to Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator, Alison Evans, the whole process has been not just about learning how to perform. “Underneath it all,” she adds, “they are learning and developing life skills about patience, teamwork, persistence and encouragement of others to nurture character.”

Of course it’s fun too, with lost boys, pirates and Indian braves and JM Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who refused to grow up. Reborn as a musical with a score by Stiles & Drewe and a book by the late Willis Hall, Peter Pan will whisks the Darling family’s children beyond the stars to Never Land Island.

Mrs Evans says, “This show is a magical journey through the adventures of Peter Pan. We take the audience to London, Never Land and even a pirate ship while using songs and sets to stir up the imagination for all audience members. Everyone will enjoy the songs, colourful costumes, the beautiful harmonies and comical acting, in all, there is much for everyone to enjoy.  It is topped off with a great big dose of enthusiasm and energy from our marvellous cast of 10 to 18 year olds.”

The cast is made up of students from Year 5 to Year 12 at Trinity. Mitchell France from Year 10, who plays Peter Pan, says, “Playing the part of Peter Pan is something I never imagined I would do. It’s fun, scary and exciting all at the same time.”

The character of Captain Hook is played by Beau Campbell, his second lead role, having played Horton the Elephant role in “Seussical” two years ago and been nominated for a CAT award. He says, “My character takes me as an actor to a different world, one which anger, humour, sarcasm and joy happen all at the same time.”

The cast and crew of over 60 students from Trinity have been working on the production since October with over 100 hours of rehearsal.

“Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure,” at Erindale Theatre until April 29, bookings to tcspeterpan.com or Trinity Christian School on 6231 4177.

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