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George C. Marshall High School Peter Pan

By • Dec 7th, 2009 • Category: Cappies

Some shows ask you to bring your own imagination. Some shows cause a little spark to go off in the right side of your brain, igniting the kind of fantastical dreams you had as a child. George C. Marshall High School’s production of Peter Pan was one of those shows.

The musical is based on the iconic J.M. Barrie children’s story of the same name, about the titular boy who wouldn’t grow up (Cappie-winner Ellen Chapin), and his trials and with the young Wendy Darling (Meara O’Malley) and the dastardly pirate Captain Hook (Scott Anderson).

The wonderful Ellen Chapin was among the stars, not just because of the exceptional fly system, but because her performance was miles above average. She played the part of the eternally young Peter with gusto, charm, and an unmatched boyishness perfect for her part (as most stage versions of Pan have a female in the title role).

Some hilarious features of the show included the lost boy Slightly Soiled, played with killer kookiness by Orla Conway, and pirate sidekick Smee, whimsically portrayed by Keith Boylan. Boylan’s repartee with Anderson’s Hook was riotous. Also delightful were the extremely watchable, if a bit politically incorrect, Indians led by Tiger Lily (Allie Rosenbluth).

There was an extremely noticeable energy among the ensemble of pirates, Indians, and lost boys. They were adept at bringing the audience into the kind of clichéd adventure-world everyone imagined as a child. However, there were several scenes so chaotic that lines and plot were lost in the fracas.

In the technical department, the show had some more highlights. Despite a few unclear lighting choices and some sound flubs, several aspects of the show worked extremely well. Props and effects were very effective: the simple use of a laser pointer and keyboard brought the fairy Tinker Bell to life, and the colorful and oblong Neverland set seemed right out of a child’s dream.

Of course, the most thrilling technical achievement, as with any Pan, was the flying. Operating a system that allows actors to sail through the air can be no easy feat, and the wire-operators must be commended for their achievement. The flying actors increased the excitement exponentially. Also amazing was the seemingly effortless way some actors were able to sing and dance while being hoisted in the air.

Marshall High School’s production really made you feel like a daydreaming kid again. This company managed to prove not only that Peter Pan will never grow up, but that the story of Peter Pan will never grow old.

by Josh Simon of Winston Churchill HS

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