The Theatre department at McCracken County High School ( MCHS) is gearing up for a wonderful new musical production that will open this Thursday, November 1. Peter/Wendy is a low-tech, inventive adaptation that pays homage to the darker themes of J. M. Barrie's original, Peter Pan.

Peter lures Wendy away from her nursery to the magical world of Neverland, where she joins his adventures with Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, and the menacing Captain Hook. Peter/Wendy will mesmerize audiences of all ages.

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Show dates are tomorrow, November 1 and Friday, November 2 at 7pm. Saturday, November 3 there will be two performances at 2 pm and 7 pm. All performances will be held at C-Plant Performing Arts Center located on the MCHS campus in West Paducah.        

iList encourages everyone to come out and support our talented local thespians. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children and may be purchased at the door. The box office opens one hour prior to showtime, and seating is first come, first served.

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The cast list for Peter/Wendy is as follows:

Peter - Cameron Ezell (12)

Wendy - Martha McHaney (12)

Tiger Lily - Hope Hodges (11)

Tinker Bell - Hailey Watson (11)

Mrs. Darling - Virginia Walsh (11)

Mr. Darling - Zach Farmer (11)

Hook - Max Medford (12)

Smee - Trace McLaughlin (11)

Lost Boys/Mermaids -  Lucas Bohannon (11), Evey Cooper (11), Kurtis Edwards (12), Katelynn Humphries (9), Katie Ison (11), Prince Joshi (12), Jaden Raney (12), Shelby Stephens (11), Jonathan Strachan (10)

Senior Cameron Ezell plays Peter and says he chose to audition for this show because he had this hunger for performing and this show has more than fulfilled that need. “This cast is one whole unit; more than a family. We are completely together 100% of the time,” Ezell told me. “This has been one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.

Portraying the character of Peter Pan has been so much fun - tapping into my youthful desire and remembering times in my childhood and things that make me happy. Drawing from my childhood energy has helped to make my performance believable.”

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Wendy is being played by Senior Martha McHaney who says she’s absolutely thrilled and honored to be portraying such a timeless character. “This show is completely different than any one I’ve been in before,” said McHaney. “It takes a beloved, classic tale and gives it an exciting, modern twist - it has quickly become my favorite. I think I love it so much because it is such a strong ensemble piece. It is truly takes a team to make this play function, and we have just that.

This cast works so well together to create a magical escape. Peter/Wendy is a show for all ages; it reminds us all to stay imaginative and hopeful. You’ll be missing out if you don’t come to see this performance!”

Auditions were held the second week of school in August, and the cast have been rehearsing three days a week, every week since then.

iLove the ArtsDirector of Theater Mary Bowden told me that this piece was selected for several reasons. “One, it is unlike anything we have done before and would give my students the chance to perform in new and exciting ways, while portraying timeless characters,” Bowden told me. “I have a deep love for children's theatre, so this show taps into that.”

 “I also selected this play because the script is easy to cut down and make shorter,” Boden added. “I wanted to take this year’s Fall play to competition. We traveled to the Kentucky Theatre Associations West Regional Competition on October 20 and performed Peter/Wendy - we won First Place!

We also received a judge’s award for ‘Outstanding Ensemble’, which means so much because the cast works so hard as a team. We will travel to the KTA State Competition the weekend of November 16 and we could not be more proud!”

For more information about the play, special seating needs or other questions, please visit gomccracken.com.