XC closing ‘Peter Pan’ run

Greene County News Report

XENIA – Xenia Christian High School will present its final two performances of “Peter Pan” this weekend.

Fly with Peter Pan and the Darling children all the way to J. M. Barrie’s Neverland where they meet the Lost Boys and escape from the dastardly Captain Hook. Along the journey you’ll befriend Tiger Lily and her tribe. The musical spectacular includes the favorites – “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying.”

The cast includes Lauren Simmons as Peter Pan, Caleb Stover as Captain Hook, Sarah Wade as Wendy, Tori Kocher as Smee, and Morgan Adams as Tiger Lily. The Darling sons are played by Will Ewing (John), and Michael Lee (Michael).

“Peter Pan” is being produced and directed by Xenia Christian’s Dramatic Arts Director Ken Kettering. Musical direction is by Jay Hale, choreography by Carrie Anthony, scenic design by Ron Surls, costumes by Wendy Gibbs, props by Marilyn Short, lighting design by Mike Mikesell, and sound by Bryce Holland.

The stage manager is XC alumnus Elizabeth Patterson, who is also managing production communications. XC senior Rachel Griffith is the student assistant. ZFX Flying Effects from Kentucky, which traveled with Cathy Rigby on Broadway, will return for the second time to fly The cast.

Peter Pan was first introduced by J.M. Barrie in 1901 in the short story, “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” The stage version debuted in 1904 and has since been captivating audiences worldwide. The full musical version wasn’t created until 1954, when it was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Famous Peter Pans on the big stage have included Rigby, an Olympic gymnast; Mary Martin; and Sandy Duncan.

Shows 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22-23 at Xenia Christian School’s auditorium, 1101 Wesley Ave.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for those age 55 and up and $5 for students and can be purchased at www.iTickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance.

Greene County News report compiled by Scott Halasz.

Greene County News report compiled by Scott Halasz.