VIDEO: Royal Bay Secondary students take flight in ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Play tells the story of the orphan who becomes Peter Pan

Humour, fun and a little bit of magic will soon be at Royal Bay Secondary as students prepare to take flight in the school’s production of ‘Peter and the Starcatcher.’

The play, which was originally on Broadway and has won Tony Awards, shares the back story of how an orphan becomes the boy who wouldn’t grow up, more famously known as Peter Pan.

The show — with its music, comedy and physical acting — has something for everyone and is sure to touch people of all ages, explained the school’s theatre director Melissa Young.

“There’s a lot of fun moments…and there’s a lot of touching moments as well,” Young said.

Young, who’s directing the play, said while choosing the school’s next production that she wanted to be sure to pick something that involved a strong story with many opportunities for students, as well as something with music and dance.

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Students have been preparing for the performance since October and will be gearing up for its run at the beginning of March.

“Putting yourself into a character as an actor is so special and different and unique,” said Jackson Fraser, who will be playing The Boy or Peter Pan. “It’s amazing, the show is so much fun, there are some really funny moments between the characters.”

Statia Beninger will be playing Black Stache, also known as Captain Hook, and will show the audience his back story as well.

Beninger said she has been acting throughout her life but Peter and the Starcatcher is different than other shows she’s been in because of how funny it is.

“I haven’t done much comedy and I’m really enjoying it,” Beninger said. “Most shows have jokes here and there and stuff, but this one…I think the audience is going to be laughing the whole way through.”

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The play does not shy away from physical theatre either. Young said students are taught a basic understanding and vocabulary about physical theatre and rehearse the movement scenes many times to get them where they are.

“It’s really a lot about repetition and making sure everybody knows exactly what they’re doing and they feel comfortable doing what they’re doing,” Young said.

The show opens on Mar. 6 with a 7 p.m. performance. It continues on Mar. 7 and 8 with 7 p.m. performances. The final show is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 9.

Tickets can be purchased at the Royal Bay Secondary office. Those interested in going can visit the school or give them a call at 250-474-2377.

The box office will also open at 5:45 p.m. ahead of the evening performances and at 12:45 p.m. for the matinee.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and students and $5 for SD62 students.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


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