Peter Pan’s magic comes to BLT this weekend

Published 4:10 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

Peter Pan has long been a favorite story and musical play for young and old alike since it first opened on Broadway in 1954, starring Mary Martin as Peter Pan. It continues to be a hit with each new generation, as those who attend the BLT Class Act production, “Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure,” this weekend will realize.

The show opens Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday, June 18, matinee at 2:30 p.m. Rumor has it that tickets are selling fast. Go online to to order tickets.

There are 47 youth, ages six to 12, who are excitedly taking on their roles as Indians, pirates, mermaids and other supporting characters in the classic play directed by Rachael Crager. Musical direction is by Leigh Powell and those attending will come away whistling or singing some of well-known hit songs, “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “Never Never Land,” and, of course, “I’m Flying.”

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The leading role of Peter Pan is played by 10-year-old Addison Hill. When interviewed by Jill Holloway, Addison said she has been acting on stage since age two. This is her second play at BLT. She tried out for the roles of Wendy, Capt. Hook and Peter Pan. “My most exciting part is the fight scene when Capt. Hook thinks I’m dead; but I’m not, and I fight him.” She claims the most difficult part for her is singing the high notes in the first scene.

Wendy Darling is portrayed by Dallis Thompson, John Darling, (Noah Cooper) Michael Darling (Walker Elrod), Mrs. Darling, (Izzy Rentz), Mr. Darling (Maddox Cantley), Nana, (Bennett Earnest), Liza (Isabella Beam), Tinker Bell (Bay Harper), Crocodile (Matthew Ryan); Lost Boys and Girls are: Tootles (Payton Staples), Nibs, (Reese Godby), Pots (Lanie Gay), Pans (Ivey Godby), Slightly (Kate Johnson), Curley (Grace Cleveland). Additional boys and girls are Ellie Harrison, Alden Hill, Morgan Baxley, Jaden Beam Beckham, and Caiden Ethridge.

The Pirates are led by Cooper Genova as Captain Hook. Smee is played by Drew Thompson, Starkey (Carli Houston) Cookie (Mary Claire Killough), Skylight, (Gambler Dollar), Noodles (Mathew Strickland). Additional pirates are: Allysa Johnson, Isaac Reilly, Tanner Clark, Kara Overman and Audrey Nichols.

The Indians include Great Big Little Panther (Colby-James Harper), Tiger Lily – (Lollie Gay) Chattering Chipmunk (Abi McDonald), Two-Moons, (Sara Hall), Raging Water (Ella Grace Elkins) Kodi Lawrene, Posey Cleveland and Goldie Gossett.

Girls appearing as mermaids are: Emslee Cantley, Sydnee Coker, Savanah Jacobs, Mary Margaret and Sutton Andrews.

The Bainbridge Little Theatre Class Act summer series are aimed to expose youth to the theatre and provide practical training in the theatre arts. A second session called Teen Class Act will begin rehearsals June 19 for Aida, to be performed July 14-16.