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High-flying 'Peter Pan' soars at Clackamas High

“Peter Pan,” Clackamas High School’s first production that opens Nov. 8, is not just a musical about a little boy who wants to experience childhood forever.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Peter Pan cast of 85 students from elementary through high school includes, from left, Jake Thiessen as the villain Captain Hook, Megan Bradner as Peter Pan and Emily Derby as Wendy.  Instead, it is a story of more than 150 cast and crew members, musicians, technicians and volunteers who tend to the production with professionalism and careful attention to detail. From lighting, music, makeup, harnessing the cast for flights high above the stage, and adjusting the final pillow in the Darling children’s nursery, there is no detail left untouched or unnoticed.

“A lot of pieces go into making magic,” said Steve Knox, director of the musical production.

The familiar story depicts a boy, Peter Pan (Megan Bradner), who doesn’t want to grow up. He has escaped Neverland and loves to hear the stories told to the Darling children by their beloved mother, Mary (Onalee Duhrkoop).

Peter persuades their sister, Wendy (Emily Derby), and her brothers, Michael (7-year-old Charlie Mann) and John (fifth-grader Isaac Elmore), to follow him to Never Never Land so she can read him stories. Along the way, the Darling children encounter the Lost Boys, Indians, Tiger Lily, Tinker Bell, pirates and, of course, the elusive Captain Hook (Jake Theissen, who also plays the loving father George Darling).

“The caliber of talent that the high school music, choir, orchestra and drama departments produce allows us as directors to find pieces that challenge the potential in these students,” said Knox, who is directing his sixth musical production for CHS.

Those who attend the matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 10, will be able to keep the magic of “Peter Pan” going a little longer by attending Mrs. Darling’s Tea Party, immediately following the show. Enjoy beverages, savory and sweet treats with Mrs. Darling in her garden decorated just for the occasion.

There are only 100 tickets available at $15 each.



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