MAGIC: Shonae Walker, Elizabeth Watson, Alyssa Hetherington, Tekeita Wiley and Chelsea Finney are ready to perform Peter Pan Jr in the Saint Mary's production.
MAGIC: Shonae Walker, Elizabeth Watson, Alyssa Hetherington, Tekeita Wiley and Chelsea Finney are ready to perform Peter Pan Jr in the Saint Mary's production. Jessica McGrath

Kingaroy students shine in Peter Pan production

WITH a little bit of pixie dust and many hours of rehearsals, Saint Mary's students will be bringing their latest production to Kingaroy.

The musical Peter Pan Jr will be the third and biggest musical the school has produced.

Arts curriculum teacher Jess Cunningham said the show was very entertaining and it was the first year they used a set design.

"This is probably the hardest production we've pulled off, with a lot more movement and blocking involved,” she said.

The dances have definitely gone up a notch from previous years, Ms Cunningham said.

The school production has formed part of the curriculum for the Year 10 dance and drama students, who stepped up to become the stars and leaders of the show, Ms Cunningham said

The students are going beyond just performing or helping behind the scenes, and having a go at choreographing the show themselves, Ms Cunningham said.

"For a lot of our kids it's their first time on stage, doing the acting, singing and dancing,” she said.

Year 10 student Shonae Walker who will play Peter Pan and worked on some of the show's choreography, said it was a very student-based show.

"It's a lot to come up with all of the dances,” she said.

The production was a good opportunity to have a taste of what it would be like to work within the arts and entertainment industry, Shonae said.

"A lot of people will want to do musicals, but it's just a chance to be in something and get a little taste of the professional life,” she said.

Elizabeth Watson and Shonae Walker will perform in the Saint Mary's production of Peter Pan.
Elizabeth Watson and Shonae Walker will perform in the Saint Mary's production of Peter Pan. Saint Mary's

Year 10 student Elizabeth Watson will perform as Wendy Darling and said the experience was really eye opening to how the production industry works.

"I've loved seeing it all come together, especially with the comedic sections,” she said.

The show will be a modern take on the play by J.M Barrie and incorporate a bit of a different approach with the Lost Boys and Brave Girls especially, she said.

Shonae said through modernising the production, they were able to tell the story in a way which was more likely to be understood by a young audience.

Ms Cunningham said the show would be engaging for all ages and students from Crawford State School will come along for a matinee performance on Friday, June 22.

Peter Pan Jr will be open to the public for two shows, at 6pm on June 22 and 23 at the Maryknoll Centre, Saint Mary's College.

Tickets are available through the school office and prices start at $20 for families, $8 for adults and $5 for children.

All profits from the show will go towards purchasing more equipment for next year's school production.

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