Peter Pan, Jr. brings the island of Neverland into Laxson Auditorium on May 31st, 2015.
The magical musical adventure of Peter Pan comes to life thanks to the young local talents from Playhouse Youth Theater Company, as more than 30 kids, between the ages of 6 and 16, perform in Peter Pan, Jr. this May. This is a story that has been loved for generations, and one with which we are all familiar.
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John, but when Wendy’s father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians, and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! Based on the beloved Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr., is a musical by kids for kids; a timeless tale about the boy who could fly and wouldn’t grow up.
Peter Pan, Jr. will feature all the popular songs from the beloved Disney movie, including: “Following the Leader”, “You Can Fly”, “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”, and many more.
Directing this performance is Lisa Schmit, who will be working with assistant director, Sarah Foster. “I’m excited to work with all the kids and seeing the big ones help the little ones and the little ones look up to the big ones,” said Schmidt, founder of Playhouse, one of Chico’s year-round children’s theatres.
Assistant director, Sarah Foster, says the most exciting part of this performance is “watching the kids grow, learn and seeing them be excited about theater.”
Starring in this magical adventure are a few returning students who have performed at Laxson previously, along with a few new faces. Playing the part of the fearless Peter Pan, is 12 year old Sophie Purser, from Chico Jr. High School. 12 year old Maya Morris from C.O.R.E. will be playing the loving Wendy. The sweet and sassy Tinker Bell will be acted by 9 year old Sophia Taylor from Neal Dow Elementary. The villainous pirate, Captain Hook, will be played by 13 year old Ava Hilsee from Blue Oak Charter.
Chico Performances is excited to host thousands of kids from surrounding schools during two morning student performances of Peter Pan, Jr. on June 1st as part of the Chico Performances Field Trip Series. The Field Trip Series introduces kids to the world of live theater every year by offering low cost tickets to teachers and students.
The matinee performance of Peter Pan, Jr. will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium at CSU, Chico and is open to the public.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.chicoperformances.com or by calling 530-898-6333.
By Angella Terres Toral