Neverland never looked so good as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School transforms its stage into the imaginary faraway home of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. This fully-staged production of “Disney’s Peter Pan JR.” is being presented April 5 – 7.
Each year, Seton School crams its stage, mounting a production that draws nearly 1,000 audience members. This year includes an extra Sunday matinee performance to accommodate the surging demand.
Nearly 60 cast members, students grades 4 through 8 as well as adults, will share the stage. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Fr. Matthew Widder joins the cast of Seton’s mainstage show, where he plays the role of Chief Tiger Bamboo. “It is such a growth experience for students and adults alike,” remarked stage director Tracy Waldhart. “The collaboration creates a tremendous amount of mutual respect.”
In total, nearly 100 people are working tirelessly to mount the show. In addition to Waldhart, others leading the charge are production assistant Anne Kaufmann, music director Dan Ognavic, vocal director Julie Engman, choreographers Michele Konrad, Veronica Lampe, and Libby Schmitz, set builders Gordy Stanskas and Adam Hager, technical assistant Laura Marie Wigg, and stage manager Elizabeth Kaufmann.
“Disney’s Peter Pan JR.” will be performed at 7 pm on April 5 & 6 and at 2 pm on April 7 in the school auditorium on 814 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan. Open seating tickets may be purchased at the door or preferably in advance by calling 920-452-1571. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students. Children 4 and under are free. The doors open a half hour before each performance.
Based on the popular 1953 Disney film and J. M. Barrie’s enchanting play, “Disney’s Peter Pan JR.” is a modern version of the timeless tale of a boy who won’t grow up. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs and a story featuring one rousing adventure after another.
Wendy, Michael, and John Darling are whisked away to a magical place called Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Kids, Mermaids, Indians, Fairies, Pirates and even the infamous Captain Hook. When Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded and sinister Hook, Peter Pan enters the fray.
The principal roles are played by Tyler Konrad (Peter Pan), Julia English (Tinker Bell), Kate Bemis (Wendy), A.J. Kaufmann (John), Aidan Roose (Michael), Sam Nienhuis (Captain Hook), and Tommy Basler (Smee) .
Other key roles are played by Gabe Meyer, Grace Mueller, Claire Johnsrud, Emily Kolb, Amanda Davis, Anna Adamavich, Emily Machovec, Ainsley Roose, Emmaline Miller, Dana Bemis, Meg Bemis, Tim Kaufmann, Carolyn van Deventer, Elizabeth Kaufmann, Marco Marchiando, Trey Castillo, Danny Verhasselt, Hogan Miller, Armando Moreno Cruz, Monique Castillo, Tim Roose, and Laura Steinbacher.
Rounding out the talented and experienced cast are Emerson Fitzgerald, Jaiden Faucett, John Oberbroeckling, Mady Steinbacher, Gaby Steinbacher, Lauren Redell, Julianna van Deventer, Eileen English, Sarah Redell, Joe Otte, Natalie English, Koralays Torres, Dayanara Rosales Castane, Joann Otte, Grace Basler, Hannah Miller, Michiella Clay, Perla Moreno Cruz, Cecilia Bettag, Addison Hager, Kate Hager, and Kathryn Basler.