Kingwood High School’s theatrical production flies to new heights
- Written by Paulette Ehmer
Kingwood High School is putting on a stellar production of Peter Pan Nov. 20 - 24 at 7:30 p.m. No performances will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23. This will be quite different from the previous plays and musicals performed by the school. It is not just a musical or a play. It is both; students will be singing, dancing, acting, and flying around the stage. In order to create the flying theatrical effects ZFX, a professional team from Las Vegas, will help fly the cast around using strings and harnesses. This production is based on the original version. “Its kind of like Disney but real,” said Abby McDonald, one of the technical directors and theater teachers at the school. There were no stipulations on who could audition for the musical, all high school students were eligible. Between the cast members, producers and technical assistants, all grade levels are represented. James M. Barrie, the writer of the play, designed Peter Pan to be played by a female. Senior Andi Schrock will be playing the lead character and Jon Teverbaugh will be playing Captain Hook. Although Teverbaugh is a self-proclaimed meek and mild person, he has been performing on stage since fourth grade and has a strong passion for the art. “Captain Hook is so over the top, his behavior as far as his ideas and what he says to people is ridiculous,” he said. “It is so fun to be what you’re not in real life.” The students and faculty within the show have been putting in between 15 and 20 hours per week and an additional eight hours Saturday since the beginning of September. “Because this performance includes stage combat, flying around and a considerable amount of special effects it makes it more difficult,” said Frank Chuter, Theater Department chair. Chuter urges everyone to come out and enjoy this extensive performance. “This traditional story of ‘Peter Pan’ will be a great evening of entertainment. There is literally something for everyone,” he said. There will be a special matinee performance Saturday, Nov. 22 at 11a.m. where guests will be able to enjoy a catered lunch with the cast. Tickets for the play range from $10 to $15 dollars depending on the seat. Tickets to attend the luncheon are an additional $10. Reservations to the lunch are required. To purchase tickets, call 281-641-7113 or visit www.kingwoodtheatre.com.