The timeless classic, Peter Pan, will fly into the Blue Ridge Middle School theater in Purcellville on Feb. 2 for a total of seven performances. Audiences will thrill to the sight of Peter Pan, Wendy and her brothers John and Michael as they soar above the stage. This theatrical production will feature incredible singing, hilarious dialog, high adventure, professionally choreographed dances, elaborate sets, amazing costumes, and of course, Tinkerbell!
The author, J. M. Barrie, first featured Peter Pan as a character in a section of The Little White Bird (1902). Barrie came back to the character of Peter Pan as the highlight of his stage play entitled Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, which premiered in December of 1904 in London. Barrie later adapted and expanded the play’s story line as a novel, published in 1911 as Peter and Wendy. Since that time, the play Peter Pan has captured the excitement of flying off to Neverland and the magic of “believing” as only children, or those young at heart, can do.
Audiences in the Blue Ridge School’s auditorium will join Peter, Wendy, John, Michael and the light that is Tinker Bell, along with the Lost Boys, as they do battle with the conniving Captain Hook and his pirate crew. The adventure includes befriending Tiger Lily and her tribe and the intrigue of fairies. A live orchestra will feature many of the favorites – “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying.”
With a cast of 48 BRMS students, the play will be directed by Drama Director Dolly Stevens. Student crew and parent volunteers have come together to make an unforgettable experience by bringing the nursery in London and the magical Neverland (including Hook’s ship) to life. The talents of choreographer Cait Kelley will be reflected in the amazing dance numbers to be performed. Professional flyers from ZFX will lead instruction so that cast members can actually say, “I can fly.”
Director Dolly Stevens said, “We are pleased to announce the return of many of our professional and student orchestra members for the Neverland Pit Band. They will once again be conducted by Ashburn resident and conductor, Keri Staley. In addition to a live orchestra, we will be actually flying our actors in the show and have engaged ZFX Theatricals (who regularly do aerial choreography for Broadway shows as well as Cirque du Soleil).”
As a sneak-peek ahead of opening night, a Peter Pan-cake breakfast fundraiser will be held to offset the cost of the production. On Saturday Jan. 20, Blue Ridge Middle school’s cafeteria will be the location for families to enjoy pancakes with cast members, to take pictures and chat with the main characters, be serenaded by the musical cast and receive a special memento to remember time spent in Neverland. Email Peterpancakebreakfast@hotmail.com for tickets.
Peter Pan opens Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 9 & 10, and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, 10 & 11. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brms.ticketleap.com/Pan, or by going to the school website: www.lcps.org/brmsto print a paper form for return to the Blue Ridge main office.
Photo by Catina Anderson