“PETER PAN” Flies Into South Pasadena High School

Reuben Nava as Captain Hook along with his band of pirates are ready for action in the SPHS production of “Peter Pan”.

Opening April 28, a timeless classic flies into South Pasadena for three performances only! “Peter Pan”, one of the most beloved musicals in history, comes to South Pasadena High School, April 28-30. Join the community for this massive and fun-filled production from SPHS’ drama, music, and dance departments, featuring Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Wendy, and of course, flying actors.

This famous story of the ageless Peter, his hilarious battles with Hook on Neverland and his friendship with the Darling family, includes the classic songs “I’m Flying”, ”I Won’t Grow Up”, “Never Never Land”, “I’ve Gotta Crow” plus many more.

Lorie Meza as Peter Pan and Cole Fox as Tiger Lily fly into SPHS April 28-30

Remembering just how much the community embraced Sound of Music a few years ago, director Daniel Enright wanted to do another beloved show that would bring out the entire town, young and old. “I love it when we have young kids there” says Enright, “if they aren’t exposed to theatre at a young age, I think we end up losing a generation of theatre goers.” He says it’s also a show that gives many opportunities including ten main roles, dancers, lost boys and pirates as well as musicians and technicians which makes for a tremendous collaboration across departments. Students also designed the poster art, graphics and program art.

Enright goes on to say, “it’s about creating an environment where creative kids can come and have fun and maybe learn something. I love actors and I respect the craft of acting. The thing that pleases me the most is giving opportunities to kids to experience it and to grow.”

Senior, Lorie Meza, in the lead role of Peter says “the cast is big and we’re having a great time working together and getting ready to put on this performance. I love watching the pieces come together and seeing all the hard work and progress people are making. Everyone is working really hard, and I’m really proud of this amazing cast.”

A musical based on J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play of the same name, the story touches on themes of growing up, loyalty, and what it means to be part of a family. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1954 with Tony-winning performances for Mary Martin (Peter Pan) and Cyril Ritchard (Captain Hook). It was revived on Broadway in 1979, 1990 and 1998 and was also telecast on NBC in 1955, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1973, and 2014.

“Peter Pan” (a musical based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie, with music by Morris “Moose” Charlap and additional music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, directed by Daniel Enright) runs Fri and Sat April 28 & 29 at 7 pm and Sun April 30 at 2 PM. South Pasadena High School Auditorium, 1401 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena. General Admission is $15, $10 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at SPHS Main Office, SPHS student bank or online at sphsasb.org.

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