Schroon Lake “If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!”
Peter Pan, the boy who wished for never-ending childhood, will come to the stage at Schroon Lake Central School.
Students will present the musical “Peter Pan” Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
“‘Peter Pan,’ first produced on Broadway with Mary Martin, is one of the world’s more celebrated musicals,” Wendy Sargent, Schroon teacher and play director, said. “Join Peter, Wendy, John and Michael and, of course, Tinker Bell, who along with the Lost Boys, do battle with the sinister Captain Hook and his pirate crew.
“Along the journey you’ll befriend Tiger Lilly and her tribe and re-awaken your belief in fairies,” she said. “‘Pater Pan’ will delight the immortal child in all os us.”
The musical is known for its songs “Never, Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying.”
Abigail Veverka will play the role of Peter Pan. Ian Lowe will be Captain Hook, Natalia Stout will be Mrs. Darling, Sam Foote will play Mr. Darling and Levi Williams will portray Smee. The Darling children will played by Harrison Gereau, Ashlyn Lough and Noah Vickery.
Michael Tracy will provide musical accompaniment, Anita Masiello is voice coach and Kristin Stroebel is choreographer.
Sets were designed by Brie Livingston and constructed by Dennis Root. Sargent made the costumes and Root designed the lighting.
“Peter Pan” is based on a 1901 story by Scottish author J.M. Barrie. It became a series of books and was first produced on stage in 1904.
The play came to Broadway in 1954, starring Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook. Both earned Tony Awards.
The play was followed by NBC telecasts of it in 1955, 1956 and 1960 with the same stars, plus several rebroadcasts of the 1960 telecast.
“Peter Pan” has also enjoyed several revivals on stage. Updated Broadway productions of the play were staged in the 1980s and 1990s.