Adventure approaches with ‘Peter Pan’
Anticipation is beginning to build, and younger students are eagerly looking forward to the all-school musical at Blooming Prairie High School just four weeks away.
“Peter Pan,” or the boy who never grew up, has the cast now working tirelessly in learning lines, words to the songs and the movements their characters make in re-telling this wonderful tale for children.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Peter Pan is a mysterious individual who transports a young girl and her brothers. In Neverland, the characters encounter all sorts of adventures with pirates, Indian tribes and other creatures. Eventually the girl and her brothers are returned to their home, happy for the adventures, but thankful to be in their own home again with their mom and dad.
Alison Pryor has the role of the mother, and she says that the best part of the experience so far is seeing how the other cast members transform into their respective characters. As she comments, ‘”I tuck Wendy and her brothers into bed each night and greet them on their return from Neverland. Practices have some problems, but I think things are starting to come together. It is a lot of fun.”
Anthony Nelson, who plays the father, allows that learning and remembering cues for dialogue and songs is difficult, but practices are good and getting better. “The best part,’’ he admits, “being married to Alison (Mrs. Darling).”
One of the characters the kids encounter in Neverland is Tiger Lily, played by Rose Johnson. “I am the Indian princess who shares adventures with the Darlings. Learning lines and practicing an accent is difficult, but the singing and dancing make practices a lot of fun. I think we are doing well, and that the show will be another good one.”
Margaret Jones and Camden Heimerman play the lead roles of Wendy Darling and Peter Pan, and both admit that the best things about the play are getting to know the other cast members and getting to experience the silliness of the play.
“Opening myself up in front of the cast has been my biggest problem,” commented Jones, “but practices are going good, and it is fun playing the young teenager who is befriended by Peter Pan.”
“We have some strong personalities and some real fun parts” remarked Heinemann, “and I can’t wait to see everything come together. Getting the music down is hard, but the experience is all good, and I think we are making good progress. I think people of all ages should enjoy this story and the way we act it out.”
The story is truly the favorite one for countless numbers of children, as well as a good story for adults, and everyone should make plans to attend at least one performance of this timeless tale.