Photo by Jennifer Lynn, via Wikimedia Commons
A Peter Pan float at the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.
Peter Pan, along with Wendy, John and Michael — and of course Tinkerbell — will fly onto the stage of the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University as Goshen Theatre Project presents “Peter Pan” Aug. 4-6.
Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, “Peter Pan” is one of the most beloved family favorites. The original 1954 Broadway production, starring Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, earned Tony Awards for both stars. It was followed by NBC telecasts in 1955, 1956 and 1960 with the same stars, plus several rebroadcasts of the 1960 telecast.
Goshen Theatre Project’s production features Halli Pattison as Peter Pan, Laura Douglas as Wendy, Jim Miller as Mr. Darling/Captain Hook, Jean Heil as Mrs. Darling, Aiden Truckenbrok as John, Case Warner as Michael, Violet Thornton as Tinkerbell, Tyler Mackey as Smee and Katie Deakos as Tiger Lily. With a cast of 60, the production features many area youths as pirates, lost boys, Indians and mermaids.
The production is directed by Liz Enloe. Choreography has been created by Therese Hembruch and Halli Pattison. Terry Pattison has designed and created the costumes and sets. Nancy Douglas and Shannon Flanigan are working behind the scenes.
Goshen Theatre acquired the services of ZFX Inc., an internationally known company, for the flying effects.
What was just a dream of a few local educators became a reality with the Goshen Theatre Project’s first production—“Shrek: The Musical,” which played at Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville for three sold-out performances in October 2016. In December, the theater group presented the Wildey’s Christmas Spectacular. Auditions for “Peter Pan” were open to area youths entering fourth grade to adults from surrounding communities.
As their name implies, they hope to provide a wide range of theater projects for all ages for Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Troy and surrounding areas. They are hoping to expand their programs by adding more productions, camps and workshops focusing on singing, dancing and acting. They also are planning Goshen Kids, a small group of talented middle and high school students who will have a large repertory of solo and ensemble numbers and would perform at community events.
Every community music or theater company must rely on individual and corporate donors to offer a wonderful experience for performers and the audience. No theater project can function on just ticket sales. To make a musical like this happen, the Friends of the Goshen Theatre Project has been started to recognize financial donations that are expenses for rental and royalty rights, for costume and theater rental, set and prop construction, for programs and advertising and additional technical and musical support. There are several levels of membership. Anyone wishing to become a member of the friends or more information about the organization can contact any board member or Liz Enloe at (618) 971-5343.
“Peter Pan” tickets are available through showtix4u.com. Adult tickets are $15 and children 10 and younger are $10.