Young actors have fun with the classic tale of Peter Pan

Neo Bodumela

A MYSTICAL adventure about a boy who does not want to grow up will unfold at the Little Theatre next week when the pupils of St Dominic’s Priory stage the classic tale of Peter Pan.

The play will be presented twice a day at the theatre from Wednesday May 1.

Director Laura Croft said the children in the play were looking forward to opening night. “[There are] a few nerves, but a great deal of excitement is being felt by all the children.”

They have already moved into the Pemads Little Theatre for final rehearsals and, as Croft says, are experiencing – many of them for the first time – “the excitement of everything coming together, from lights and sound to beautiful scenery”.

“[The scenery was] created by a team of our parents, headed up by Mark Farrow, and the costumes were made and organised by our team of mothers, headed up by Sharon Slabbert.”

Croft said the play would touch on themes relating to “adventure, courage, fantasy and reality, strength, and the importance of the sense of belonging and belief in friendship and family”.

The lead role of Peter Pan will be shared by Grade 11 pupil Khanya Gundwana and Grade 7 pupil Hannah van Goeverden. Grade 11 pupil Keegan Hoog will play the notorious Captain Hook.

Croft said the audience could expect a show with special effects to live out the fantasy world of Peter Pan.

“[It is] a story of adventure, about a boy who refuses to grow up and the friends he meets. It is an exciting show with special effects and beautiful, colourful costumes.

“It has been an amazing experience to watch the children involved develop their characters, laugh, have fun and develop friendships with many of the other children in our school.

“It has been a wonderful journey with truly talented children. This production has done more for unifying us all into one school,” Croft said.

The play will run from Wednesday May 1, with the final showing on Saturday May 4. There will be two shows on each day at 11am and 7pm. Tickets cost R60 per person and R30 for school block bookings.

For further information, contact Evie Raubenheimer on (041)396-2819 or e-mail raubenheimer@priory.co.za

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