Baker presents ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Published 10:21 am Friday, April 19, 2019

To go see Baker Intermediate School’s production of Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” would be an awfully big adventure.

The Baker Theatre Department premieres its fourth musical theater production, “Peter Pan Jr,” based on the play by J.M. Barrie and the 1953 Disney film, at 7 p.m. at the Robert D. Campbell Junior High School auditorium. Performances continue at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are available at the door. Adult tickets are $9 and children 12 and under are $7.

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Sixth-grade language arts teachers Katie Berner and Ian Ferrell directed this year’s production.

The directors said the 64-member cast has shown inspiring hard work and enthusiasm to bring the story to life. The creative crew also includes many Clark County teachers as well as many of Baker’s former actors and students.

The fifth and sixth-grade cast members had a full panel audition in October complete with callbacks. They then began rehearsing two to three times a week up until showtime.

“The cast doesn’t just act, but also help paint the backdrop and other set pieces, as well as the design the poster,” Ferrell said.

Baker student Grace Owen stars as Peter Pan alongside Mallory Jones as Wendy, Maddie Vaughn as Captain Hook, Alyssa Webb as Tinker Bell and more.

In a letter to the cast, crew and supporters, Principal Josh Mounts wrote he was proud of Baker and everyone involved in bringing “Peter Pan Jr.” to the stage this year.

“After many, many hours of tryouts, practices, dress rehearsals and learning places and lines — this will be a show to remember,” Mounts said in the letter.

The audience can listen to their favorite “Peter Pan” songs such as “You Can Fly,” “Never Smile at a Crocodile,” “What Makes the Brave Man Brave” and more.

According to the show’s program, the show uses changing and flashing lighting effects, so if anyone has a sensitivity to this, use discretion in watching the performance.

In a letter from the directors, Berner and Ferrell wrote Baker is an odd place. It’s neither an elementary school or a middle school, and the cast is growing up much like the characters in “Peter Pan.”

“Much like Wendy Darling, our students at Baker are beginning to realize that the self-centered delight of childhood can’t last forever and that to become who you want to be, you sometimes have to let go of who you were,” they wrote.

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