By Chelsea Ficiur
For the Sunny South News
In May, Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale will be putting on Jeremy Bloom’s “Peter/Wendy.” The play is adapted from J. M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy” and “The Little White Bird” by the same author.
The story follows the classic story about the boy who doesn’t want to grow up, Peter Pan, and Wendy as they go on adventures in Neverland. This version takes a darker spin with the story and characters, including mature language used by Tinker Bell.
Skylar Rempel, who plays Peter Pan, said it is wonderful and exhilarating to be in the performance.
“The cast is amazing.”
Rempel added he auditioned for the play because he has been involved with drama and the arts for years.
“I started to be in the spring productions in Grade 7 and have continued until this year, which is my Grade 12 year. The atmosphere and the people — it helps you make a second family you can trust and be yourself around,” said Rempel.
Kimberly Alexander, one of the co-directors of the play said working on this year’s play has been fun, but challenging. “It is a visual experience in many ways, and there are opportunities to use the whole cast in some very dynamic, interesting scenes. Pulling these ideas together, and creating it in the mind’s eye has been a challenge, but when it’s done, I think it will be quite beautiful,” she explained.
“This cast is a very interesting mix of kids. We have some ‘seasoned,’ that have been doing productions with us from Grade 9 to Grade 12, and some Grade 12s who have decided to come out and audition in their last year for the experience. As always, the cast surprises us with their talent and dedication. I can’t wait to see what they can do by the time we are ready to perform,” she added.
When asked why Alexander and Jason Schilling, the other co-director, had chosen this play, Alexander said the two directors chose the play because it was quite different from anything the two have directed before.
“We liked that it is a take on an old children’s story, without actually just doing a children’s play. It has beautiful, lyrical language, opportunity for creativity, and plays on the idea of ‘happy thoughts’ and the power those thoughts have within each of us.” The production runs May 2-5. The show starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Students $5 and adults $7. Free admission with a Kate Andrews cash card.