‘Peter Pan’ debuts at M-PHS

Sebastian LaRocque as John faces off against Evan Staback as Capt. Hook is surrounded by Lost Boys during a rehearsal for the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Drama Club production of ‘Peter Pan.’ - Kirk Boxleitner
Sebastian LaRocque as John faces off against Evan Staback as Capt. Hook is surrounded by Lost Boys during a rehearsal for the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Drama Club production of ‘Peter Pan.’
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck High School Drama Club is presenting “Peter Pan” as its fall play at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the school’s auditorium, marking the first run of this play at M-PHS in Roy Klementsen’s 10 years at the school’s Drama Director.

“For a change of pace, I asked the students, ‘What play would you like to do this year?’” Klementsen said. “I let the students research and look up many, many plays, and in the end, this was the show of choice. I found that interesting, since the play that they chose was written almost 110 years ago.”

The first challenge the production faced was the fact that Peter Pan flew in the original production, which forced the Drama Club to do some creative problem-solving.

“We have low stage ceilings, so bringing in a flying company would have added thousands of dollars to our small budget,” Klementsen said. “Another challenge we faced was how big the scope of this show really is. There are five huge scene changes and many sets, including the large Darling household and a pirate ship, complete with a huge mast and a plank. There are many specialty costumes in the show too, so with a cast of 22 students, it was a daunting task to put everything together in the short amount of time that we had.”

Klementsen deemed “Peter Pan” the biggest production he’s done at M-PHS, with the largest fall play cast, the most costumes and the most set pieces he’s ever had to deal with.

“It’s like putting on a large-scale musical, but without the musical component,” Klementsen said. “We have many more students than usual in this show who have never been in a play before, so it was fun to watch them grow as actors at each rehearsal.”

While M-PHS freshman Sheridan Hedman acknowledged the challenge of “conquering a British accent” while playing Wendy, M-PHS senior Chelsea Bergstrom had to convey the bold and sassy attitude of Tinker Bell without any lines of dialogue at all.

“I really have to focus on staying in character so I can physically express all of her emotions and personality traits silently,” Bergstrom said. “This was a really difficult thing to master, since the spoken word can help so much. I just had to approach it by going over the top with literally every step, and trying to think of things that make me feel the way she feels in each specific scene, and channeling that emotion.”

“The best thing about this play has been the cast and crew,” said fellow M-PHS senior Kiera Sorensen, who plays Tiger Lily. “We have such great actors and a phenomenal director. It’s great getting to perform a play that we’ve grown up with, but it’s really the people who make it a wonderful experience. It has been a bit challenging having so many new people join us, since there are only about seven of us that have experience working together, and everyone else is really young, but our outcome is truly spectacular. With the limited budgets and casts we have, the quality of shows we’re able to turn out is just amazing.”

While Sorensen appreciates being able to play such an independent and formidable female character, M-PHS sophomore Atrayu Sweet has done his best to make Smee come across as someone who simply isn’t cut out to be a pirate.

“We have so much fun, and are getting a great experience on how to interact with others,” Sweet said. “Drama Club is a great way to make new friends and meet new people. When you’re going out for a play, you should be able to adapt to different situations, in which you might have to do something challenging. Being part of this club really teaches you about things like time management, and also patience, which are two things that are needed for high school and beyond.”

Among the other Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell high school students taking part in this production are Evan Staback as Capt. Hook and Mr. Darling, Sarah Roetasoender as Mrs. Darling, Sebastian LaRocque as John, Nicholas Haake as Michael and Sage Fairbanks as Peter Pan.

Tickets will be available at the door, at a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for students with ASB, senior citizens and smaller children.

“A lot of work went into this show, and I’m hoping that the community comes out and enjoys this production,” Klementsen said.

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