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Peter Pan production result of collaboration between theatre groups

PERU - Although the Adirondack Regional Theatre has been dazzling audiences with their stage performances since 2001, a new collaboration with Peru Music Theatre is expected to put a new spin on the group.

The Peru Music Theatre's upcoming performance of Peter Pan will be produced by the regional theatre group under the name "ART at Peru Music Theatre."

When PMT became too large an activity for students at Peru Central School, a merger was necessary, explained music teacher Pamela Lavin, who also serves as music director for the show.

"There was some new state laws that came out about how activity funds run, so we had to find a different place to keep our funding and ART was available, so instead of incorporating Peru Music Theatre, we just merged with ART," Lavin explained. "It's like an umbrella group."

According to Lavin, the merger was a "natural fit" for all involved.

"There are so many people in the ART group - board members and stage hands and scenery people and actors that do both anyway," she explained.

Lavin was also the one who chose to have Peter Pan as the first collaborative play to be performed.

"We have so many young children in the Peru district who love theater," Lavin said, "so, I was looking for a show that had a lot of children in it and it seemed like Peter Pan was the one that would kind of fit the bill to use our talents of all of our great kids at Peru."

The show - which has a cast of more than 50 actors and many more people behind-the-scenes - has been in preparation for more than a year, and consists of both students from Peru and members of the ART group. However, to truly make the play a success, the group had to find a way to make Peter Pan fly.

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