Are you ready to travel to Neverland?
“Peter Pan” might be the largest play in Princeton High School history, according to director Mark Potvin.
It is definitely opening with the greatest anticipation in school history at the box office, where ticket sales are suggesting that the cast and crew could be performing before eight sold-out crowds.
The play will be performed eight times over two weekends in early November. Show times are 7:30 p.m. On Nov. 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 and a finale at 2 p.m. On Nov. 10.
Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, is being played by PHS senior Hannah Jenson. Fellow senior Gino Fraboni takes on the other star role of Captain Hook.
Wendy Darling is being played by Molly Savage and John and Michael Darling are being played by sixth-grader Taylor Breault and second-grader Evan Stottlemyre, respectively.
Mr. Smee is being played by Matt Kreft. Tiger Lily is being played by Emily Rohweder. Princeton students from all grade levels will make up the cast of dozens of lost boys, Indians and pirates, Potvin said.
“One hundred and eighty auditioned, and we cast everyone,” Potvin said. “We wanted to find a spot for everyone and held true to that philosophy.”
Not only is the cast huge, but the play itself is quite spectacular.
“We have huge sets and the cast plays out into the aisles at some points,” Potvin said.
If that doesn’t win over the audience, the cast’s ability to fly will.
Borrowing from its production of “Wizard of Oz,” Princeton High School brought in Foy Inventerprises Inc. of Las Vegas to design, construct and choreograph actual of flying effects, Potvin said.
This is the company that originally flew Mary Martin as Peter Pan in the original 1954 play, Potvin said. The company is famous for its work on Broadway and more recently, Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.
A representative of Foy Inventerprises was in Princeton for three days last week installing the flying system and training stagehands.
“There will be a flying team of five adults manning the ropes,” Potvin said. In all, five actors will fly in the air.
Handling the choreography work is Laura Jean Jones, a resident of Rhinelander, Wis., who is known in the area for her years of work with productions in Milaca.
“It’s something to behold,” Potvin said of “Peter Pan.”
Tickets are on sale now at Marv’s True Value in Princeton. Premium seating is $10. Standard seating is $6 and $4. All seating is reserved.
Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the start of each performance, Potvin said.