Pri­mary roles for Pan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - By KRISTIE LIM

NEW­MAN Col­lege stu­dents from years 5 to 12 are telling the worl­drenowned story of Peter Pan this week.

This marks the first time in the col­lege’s his­tory where Year 5s and 6s have joined its an­nual pro­duc­tion.

The stu­dents will bring to life the story of Peter and his fairy side­kick, Tinker­bell, who visit the nurs­ery of the Dar­ling chil­dren late one night and, with a sprin­kle of pixie dust, be­gin a mag­i­cal jour­ney across the stars.

Pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor Beth­wyn Legg said the younger stu­dents brought a new and dif­fer­ent energy to the pro­duc­tion.

“We have done a pro­duc­tion with the pri­mary school stu­dents in­cluded in the cast, so that is an ex­cit­ing as­pect for this year hav­ing some lit­tle ones in there,” she said.

“We were due to for a play and we de­cided this will be a good one to be able to in­volve our kids and build­ing our com­mu­nity.

“I am not a pri­mary-trained teacher but it is re­ally en­joy­able be­cause they have got energy and ea­ger­ness for ev­ery­thing.”

Ms Legg said there were about 63 stu­dents in the cast and hundreds of oth­ers who helped with set paint­ing, make-up and back­stage.

“There is only a week and a half to go, so we are still madly set paint­ing,” she said last week.

“We are ba­si­cally get­ting down to the nitty gritty of the re­hearsals… we are get­ting all the sets fin­ished so that they can re­hearse like it is go­ing to be on the night.”

The pro­duc­tion will be held from May 10 to 12 at 7pm in the New­man Col­lege Marist Au­di­to­rium. Tick­ets at www.try­book­

Peter Pan pro­duc­tion cast.

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