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BHS' production of ‘Peter Pan Musical' promises high wire act

The Bermuda High School will be presenting a thrilling, high-flying version of the perennial favourite, 'Peter Pan', from March 7 to 10th.

The musical version of J.M. Barrie's famous children's play, by Piers Chater Robinson, is under the direction of Jane Thorpe, a BHS secondary drama teacher.

The cast headlines BHS students Emma O'Donnell as Peter Pan, Meghan Ward as Wendy, Nathaniel Sussman as Captain Hook as well as Connie Cambell as Mrs Darling, Caroline Skinner as John and Alice Graham-Welton as Michael.

They are supported by a talented array of pirates, and Lost Boys and an all-student orchestra under the direction of Emma Cowell.

For the first time in Bermuda, Peter, Wendy, John and Michael will be flying utilising technology perfected by Flying by Foy, the theatrical special effects company who pioneered the systems which allow for soaring aerial choreography.

Flying By Foy's founder, Peter Foy, became famous for designing the original flying equipment for the 1954 Broadway musical production of 'Peter Pan' starring Mary Martin.

The company, based in Las Vegas, has developed flight effects for dozens of other Broadway shows including 'The Lion King', 'Billy Elliot' and 'Mary Poppins'.

Representatives from Flying by Foy are travelling to the island to train the cast in its unique technique of theatrical flight later this week.

The London and New York theatre publishers, Samuel French Ltd, first published Piers Chater Robinson's' Peter Pan Musical' in the UK in 1985.

The script remains faithful to JM Barrie's original British story, and the score features catchy, up-tempo musical numbers.

“Our production of Peter Pan promises to deliver a fantastic evening to all,” promised Mrs Thorpe, “The students have all worked incredibly hard to put together a top notch show. They are all particularly excited about the flying!”

“It was a really new experience to me,” admitted Nathaniel Sussman, who is playing Hook, “because I am used to playing younger, romantic characters and now I am for the first time stepping into the shoes of a very well-known villain”.

“So there is a lot of pressure. 'Hook' was my favourite movie when I was little, so I had personal expectations for myself.

“I am getting to experience lots of new things, including the flying, working with a live animal and learning to fight with real weapons and on a personal level stepping up to sing in front of an audience more than I have ever done before.”

Meghan Ward and Emma O'Donnell are very excited about flying.

“I am going to remember this moment for the rest of my life,” said Emma, who is playing Peter Pan.

Meghan, however, admitted, that despite being excited about getting the part, admitted “the idea of flying makes me a little bit nervous! But I have no doubt I will enjoy it (I hope!)”.

Show times for BHS's 'Peter Pan' are March 7, 8, 9 at 7pm and Saturday, March 10 at 5pm in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on The Bermuda High School campus.

Light refreshments and drinks will be sold prior to performances and during the short intermission.

Reserved seating tickets are $25 and general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.

Reserved seating tickets will have assigned seating and will only be available for purchase until Monday February 27 2012.

In addition, a Patron Reception will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 6pm, featuring wine and canapés.

Patrons tickets are $50 per person and include V.I.P. seating for the 7pm performance following.

All tickets are available at BHS's reception and more information may be obtained at boxoffice[AT]bhs.bm.

Little darlings: The Darling family, from left, John (Caroline Skinner), Michael (Alice Graham-Welton) and Wendy (Meghan Ward) embark on great adventures with Peter Pan (second from left, played by Emma O?Donnell) in the upcoming production at the Bermuda High School.

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Published February 23, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 23, 2012 at 8:08 am)

BHS' production of ‘Peter Pan Musical' promises high wire act

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