‘Peter Pan’ takes off Saturday in McCain Theater

Come to Meridian Community College’s McCain Theater on Saturday, March 2, or Sunday, March 3, for a classical musical theater experience that will whisk you away to where dreams are born, and no one ever grows up when the MCC Arts & Letters Series presents Peter Pan.

This show is produced by the College’s Fine Arts Division, and it will be performed by students from the schools that comprise the Lauderdale County School District. This performance is suitable for all audiences, said Dr. Todd Brand, chairman of the College’s Communications and Fine Arts division and the director of the Arts & Letters Series.

Curtain is 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Tickets are $10, adults, and $5, child. For ticket information, call 601-484-8696.

MCC and the Lauderdale County School District are celebrating 11 years together producing a county-wide musical. Past shows have included: The Wiz, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Back to the 80’s: The Totally Awesome Musical, Disco Inferno, Guys and Dolls, All Shook Up, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Carnival, Kiss Me, Kate!, and last year’s production of The Wizard Of Oz. “Each year our students have been exposed to various technical aspects of producing a show, and this year, we add the experience of flight to their education,” Brand said.

Peter Pan is the re-telling of J. M. Barrie’s classic. In it, Peter and his mischievous sprite sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and the evil Captain Hook.

Two sets of casts are bringing the tale to the stage, Brand noted, so there are multiple actors in the same roles. Performers include Antavia Mosley and Katie Miles, Mrs. Darling; Darby Kinney, Mr. Darling; Maggie Freeman, Captain Hook; Lucas Vanderburg, Nana the Dog/Tick Tock Crock; Piper Gonzalez, Wendy Darling; Asher Brand, Michael Darling; Noah Brand, Jon Darling; Reah Clymer, Peter Pan; Kennedy Grice and Lawson Alysse Freeman, Tiger Lily; Colby Brown and Shaun Cosby, Smee; Jillian Goodman and Arlyn Grace Sanders, Starkey; Shelby Robison and Josslyn Broome-Tucker, Cecco; Patrick Martin and Sydney Stokes, Bill Jukes; Alana

Summerford and Max Hodgins, Noodler; Leigh Wallace and Nathan Metcalf, Mullins; Rie Talley and Sydney Harrison, Twin 1; Kiara Malone and Talanda Miller, Twin 2; Christopher Collis and Thalia McInnis, Toodles; Natalie Wilson and Isabella Pickard, Nibs; Makagan Massingill and Sophie Williams, Slightly Soiled; Diane Freeman, Adult Wendy; Avrie Boles, Jane; Kary Grice, Neverland Chief; Camryn Walker, Running Dog; Hannah Boyette, Stalking Deer; Hannah Dover, Cunning Fox; and Brayden Alford, Bald Eagle.

Members of the chorus include Lucy Velez, Ramya Hudnall, Annessa Hopson, Haley Hutchinson, Natalie Brantley and Kyley Griffith, Pirates; and Evan Grace Branstetter, Thomas Grayson, Ryan Johnson, Mallory Claire Leake, Jade Temple, Lily Kate Simpson, Jaycee Sloan, Libby Smith, Alex Sturm and Hallie Thomas, Lost Boys.

The production also features the iconic songs, I’m Flying, I’ve Gotta Crow, I Won’t Grow Up and Never Never Land.

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