John Rennie High School’s Actors’ Studio presents Peter Pan from Dec 12-14
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John Rennie High School Actors’ Studio will stage its 'Peter Pan' production Dec.12-14
This week, John Rennie High School’s Actors’ Studio program brings all the wonder, thrill, adventure, and magic of 'Peter Pan' to the stage.
J.M. Barrie’s classic tale tells the delightful story of “the boy who never grew up” and his adventures with the Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael, whom he encounters while searching for his shadow, and ultimately flies away to Neverland.
What follows are mermaids, Peter’s loyal troupe of lost boys, notorious pirates, and family fun, all infused with the timeless message about the escape from reality into fantasy, the desire to remain young at heart forever, the fear of getting swept by the tide of responsibility and adulthood, and the importance of make-believe.
“There’s something mysterious about make-believe,” said director James Colley. “Making believe is an important part of growing up. Without it, we can’t develop as fully as possible. With 'Peter Pan,' our goal is to inspire play.”
John Rennie’s Actors’ Studio is a program comprised of over 60 students separated into two groups, with each group focusing on one of the school year’s two productions. From actors to technicians, the students learn core elements of theatre production, form a close bond with one another, strive for professionalism, and ultimately transcend preconceived notions.
“It’s pretty much the best thing ever. There’s no judgement, and it’s truly amazing,” said Alexa Artzy who, following two years of being cast as an extra, will finally step into the spotlight as Wendy Darling.
“It’s a second family,” said Jake Brunton, who plays the mischievous titular hero, and who describes his character as “shaped by experience” and “more of a man than he thinks he is”.
“It’s a program that teaches so much more than what is being seen on the stage,” said Ryan McConnell, who plays the infamous Captain Hook. “Punctuality, leadership, responsibility and discipline are some of the things that I have learnt from this program.”
“Actors’ Studio provides a place to make friends, and allows those who aren’t involved in typical school activities to gain security and confidence,” said Colley. “It gives them a home.”
John Rennie’s Actors’ Studio’s production of 'Peter Pan' will entice adults and kids alike during three public performances from Dec 12-14 at the Louise Chalmers Theatre, located at the school. The Thursday and Friday evening performances begin at 7:30pm, while the Saturday matinee commences at 3pm.
The cost of a ticket for adults is $12, and the cost of a ticket for students and seniors is $6. Tickets are purchased at the door. For more information on Actors’ Studio, and to reserve tickets, visit jrhsactorsstudio.com.