It's the classic story of Peter Pan but with a musical twist.
"Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure" opens tonight at Stained Glass Theatre of Mid-Missouri, featuring an all student cast from the Jefferson City Home Educators Teen Club. Director Amy Brix said the students have been wanting to do a classic and approached her last year about it, though no one could have foreseen the circumstances they faced this year.
Auditions were held last fall and the play was originally supposed to open in April, but the global pandemic caused a change in plans. Rehearsals were shut down and the theater itself temporarily closed. Brix said they didn't know if they would be able to put on their show. In May, she said, they began to talk about taking an open summer slot at Stained Glass, which wound up working out for everyone.
The change did cause some issues, as a few members of the original cast couldn't make the new dates. After necessary changes were made, the group got back to work last month, starting with outdoor rehearsals where the large cast could be physically distant, Brix said, and moved into the theater earlier this month.
Brix said Stained Glass has been a wonderful partner in allowing the group to take over the theater and let the students show off their skills. It's especially important for the students who have finished their senior year and only have this last opportunity to perform before going their separate ways, Brix said.
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"It was really important to me that they put this show on that they've worked on since November," Brix said.
Paige Bartow is taking on the role of Wendy Darling. She said the process has been interesting, but it's also been fun. The whole cast has gotten much closer, she said, making everything so much more enjoyable. Bartow said she's had fun playing with a British accent for her role and she feels like everyone can learn a lot from her character, who is so dedicated to her family.
Sam Brix is the director's son and has taken on the role of Captain Hook. He said the process has been a little hectic but "we've been able to pull together." It's been fun to play the role of Captain Hook, he said, as it's so different from his personality, calling himself a more quiet person naturally. It's been especially fun to take on some sword fighting and even singing, which Sam Brix said he wasn't that excited about at first.
Bartow and Sam Brix have finished their senior year and are planning to take a gap year while they figure out what they want to do moving forward.
Robert Cline plays the title character of Peter Pan. Cline said he's enjoyed the nuance of the character, embracing all that Peter Pan must convey from scene to scene. Cline said it's a carefree show that everyone will enjoy.
Cline said he plans to attend the University of Missouri in the fall where he plans to double major in architecture and music.
Brix encouraged everyone to check out the show and enjoy a familiar and even comforting story.
"We have fun music and dances," Brix said. "It's a classic story of adventure and finding your way back home."
Tickets are $7 for the show at 7:30 p.m. tonight. For all other performances, tickets are $10 and a family pass is available for households of four or more for $36. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and July 30-31, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 1. For reservations, call 573-634-5313 or email [email protected] Stained Glass Theatre is located at 830 E. High St.