Madison Junior High School theater students are presenting Peter Pan Jr., based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, this weekend at Opal Sherman Auditorium.
“It’s a junior edition (of the Peter Pan musical), so it’s a little bit shorter, a condensed version for younger students” said Lindsay Bullock, director of the hour-long musical. “This version is light and fun and comedic and family-friendly.”
She said almost every song is choreographed, which meant students “had a lot of dancing to learn but they’ve done a really great job. It wasn’t really as challenging as I would have thought”... “they’ve done a really good job of helping each other” learn the choreography, Bullock said.
Peter Pan Jr. is the story of Peter and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visiting the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, beginning a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, the fierce Brave Girls, a band of bungling pirates and the villainous Captain Hook.
Adavious Gigaz, who will play Peter Pan, is in his first school production. Meanwhile, Maya Bullock is playing Wendy while William Overpeck is John. Claira Kempton is Liza, Kolton Lock is Michael, Matthew McCarty is Nana, Tyler Hook is Mr. Darling and Savannah Hall is Mrs. Darling.
“He’s doing fantastic,” Bullock said of Gigaz, She noted that all of the students involved “have been great. It’s been enjoyable.”
Other actors include Gabby Vest as Nibs, Chelsea Dattilo as Slightly, Maddie Guirguis as Curley, Maya Kemp as Twin No. 1, Zuzu Bailey as Twin No. 2, Tavian Bauer as Tootles, Xander Bauer as Captain Hook, Owain Kelsey as Smee, Sophia Reilmann and Abby Everage as Noodler, Ruth Whitaker as Jukes, Cooper Chandler as Starkey, Brendan Bentz at Cecco, Poppy Kelsey as Tiger Lily, Molly Magrath as Small Brave Girl, Piper Fischmer as Brave Girl No. 1, Ellie Mahoney as Brave Girl No. 2 and Hudson Chandler as the Crocodile.
Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at https://our.show/madison-junior-high-school-creative-dramatics/84239 at $8 for adults and $5 for students, or at the door for $10 adults and $7 students.