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August 1, 2013

Junior Civic Theatre goes all out for "Peter Pan"

Catch local theater's production of 'Peter Pan' this weekend

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Peter Pan flying across the McHale Performing Arts Center stage.

Peter Pan, Cassia Scagnoli, and the Darling children, with the help of a rigging system, will fly this weekend in Logansport Junior Civic Theater’s production of Peter Pan, as a musical adaptation of the play by Sir James M. Barrie. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

JCT is open to children ages 4 up to a graduating senior.

Rehearsals for the production have taken longer because the practice it has taken to become comfortable with the rigging system, said.

”It’s a weird feeling,” Scanoli said of flying through the air as Peter Pan. “It’s kind of like zip lining, but not at all; you would feel weightless if you didn’t feel the harness. Trying to face the audience has been the hardest part.”

The play tells the story of Peter Pan, a boy who never wants to grow up, and his adventures on the island, Neverland, with Wendy Darling, Kayla Brandt, and her brothers; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the Lost Boys; Pirates; the Indian princess Tiger Lily, Elli Buchanan and Captain Hook, Luke Jackson. Peter Pan loses his shadow at the Darlings’ house when he is listening to bedtime stories and when Wendy re-attaches his shadow, he invites her to be the mother of his gang, The Lost Boys. Wendy and her brothers, John and Michael, Jacob Hoover and Sal Scagnoli, go along. They have many adventures along the way, including the kidnapping of The Lost Boys, Wendy and her brother; a run-in with a ticking crocodile and a battle with Captain Hook.

This performance will be unique because of the large cast, orchestra, set that is being rented from Lafayette Jeff High School and the flying, said Tony Kinney, director of the play.

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