Peter Pan flies into the Act Out Theatre Group March 6 through 15. Follow the second star to the right and straight on to Dunmore as more than 30 actors and actresses present the timeless musical.
Based off of the J. M. Barrie classic tale, Peter Pan is the story of a young boy from Neverland who refuses to grow up but is longing for a mother. Peter Pan happens upon the Darling family house where he hears Mrs. Darling tell her three children — Wendy, John and MIchael — the story of Cinderella, and he can’t help but want to hear the end of the story.
“The unique thing about this production is the age range and size of our cast,” said Dan Pittman, Act Out’s artistic director and the production’s director. “We have over 30 children and teens in the cast ranging from four years old to seniors in high school.
“We also have a lovable bernedoodle named Wesley Gowden who plays Nana, the Darling children’s nanny and family dog,” adds Pittman,
Erin McLaughlin plays Wendy Darling, alternating with Olivia Anderson.
“The hardest part of this show for me is playing a character who is trying to keep a firm grasp on her childhood, when in real life I am ready and excited to move forward into adulthood,” McLaughlin said.
Abby Tirva plays Mrs. Darling and Captain Hook. For her, functioning with one less hand has been the most challenging part.
The cast of 33 also includes Samantha Greenfield and Amelia Peliggi playing Peter Pan and a Lost Boy; Max Snyder and Lorcan Baden playing Smee (Snyder also plays Mr. Darling); Giada Gowden and Sarah Gallagher playing Liza and a Lost Boy; Karyn Miller and Ava Nitch playing Michael and a Lost Boy; Benjamin T. Gruden and Jason Berlew of playing John and a pirate; Sarah Rose Pugliese and Emma Christianson playing Tiger Lily and a Lost Boy; and Clare Grenevich playing a Lost Boy.
The children’s ensemble, ranging in age from 4 to 11, are featured in select scenes. Ensemble members include Alaina Scassellati, Bella Gross of Dunmore, Cami Ragukas, Charlie Grenevich, Chase Richmond, Dallas Fernandes, Evangeline Gowden, Isaiah Ortiz of Dunmore, James Luiso, Lucy Lane, Maddie McShane, Malachi Armstrong, Olivia Fernandes, Penny Lane, Regan Miller, TJ Spanish and Ty Medina of Dunmore.
Peter Pan runs on the Act Out Theatre Group stage, 150 E. Grove St., Dunmore, from March 6 through 15 with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved by visiting www.actouttheatre.comor emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
The theatre will also run William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from March 20 through 22 and a MIscast Cabaret from March 27 through 29.