Cedar City, UT - The students of the Utah Shakespeare Festival's Playmakers program have been hard at work on their upcoming production of Peter Pan, Now they are ready to show it off at several school productions and at public performances March 29 and 30 and April 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and March 31 at 2 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.
Tickets are general admission and are $5 for children and students, and $8 for adults. They can be purchased by calling 435-586-7878 or online at www.bard.org.
This group of over sixty Iron County students, together with their leaders from the Festival's education department, has put together what promises to be a "magical" and "entertaining" amateur production for schoolmates and community members alike.
"We've been trying to obtain the rights to Peter Pan for many years and are thrilled to finally be able to produce it," said Josh Stavros, Festival associate education director. Over 160 students auditioned in January, which is the highest number of participants in Playmaker history. "Each year we are able to raise the level of professionalism and each year these kids have exceeded all expectations."
Peter Pan is the classic tale of the boy who never grew up and his adventures with the Darling children in Neverland This musical adaptation of the play by Sir James M. Barrie with music by Mose Charlap and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh is a shortened version of the Mary Martin musical. Some of the popular songs include I Gotta Crow, I Won't Grow Up, and I'm Flying.
"These students are so excited to perform for their peers and the community. The sixty plus students and orchestra make the magic come alive in a way that will excite and delight audiences of all ages. This production has fun and fantastic stage magic to transport the audience from Cedar City to London to Neverland." said Michael Bahr, Festival education director.