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Playhouse to stage ‘Peter Pan’

May 23, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced the cast for the opening show of the 41st summer season - J.M. Barrie's children's classic, "Peter Pan."

The musical will be staged at 8 p.m. June 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. June 3 and 10.

Director Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, who also serves as president of the Playhouse's parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, announced that area residents will have a chance to meet cast members and support the costs of the production at a car wash, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Advance Auto Parts, 1209 Commerce St., Wellsburg. The price of the car wash is a free-will donation.

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Russ Welch, left, Gabby Bennett and Ben Fedoush rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse’s upcoming production of J.M. Barrie’s children’s classic “Peter Pan,” to be presented at 8 p.m. June 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. June 3 and 10. For reservations or tickets, call (304) 737-3344.

Barnhart said the cast includes many young and old playhouse veterans. Hayleigh Sutak is cast in the title role of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up. Gabby Bennett has the role of Wendy Darling, who is recruited by Peter to be "mother" to the Lost Boys, and is accompanied on her journey to Never Never Land by brothers John Darling, to be played by Griffin Smith and Michael Darling, to be portrayed by Brynna Jackson.

The rest of the Darling family includes Roberta Fedoush as Mrs. Darling, Ryan Mason as Mr. Darling and Nick Oliveira as Nana, the family's canine nanny. Ryan Mason also plays Smee, the first mate and right-hand man to the villainous Captain Hook, portrayed by Playhouse veteran Russ Welch.

Nick Oliveira also plays the crocodile who took Hook's hand and the pirate Bill Jukes. Ellie Talbott is the Never Ostrich.

Lauren Altobell is cast as the leader of Neverland's Indian warriors, Tiger Lily. Paul Fulciniti is her father, the Great Chief Panther. Josh Balog, Lea Baynham, Sydney Baynham, Margaret Camilletti, Dharani Dove, Krisangi Dove, Nila-Madhava Dove, Madison Smith and Ellie Talbott are their brave tribe of warriors.

Other Neverland inhabitants, pirates and Lost boys, include Emily Stuck as Slightly, Carly Balog as Tootles, Katie Spurrier as Nibs, Karleigh Kowcheck as Curly, Caitlin Cuomo and Christina Altobell as the Twins, Amy Balog as Cecco, Isaac Bennett as Cookson, Cliff Welch as Gentleman Starkey, Ben Fedoush as Mullins, Paul Fulciniti as Wibbles, Josh Bennett as Skylights and Kris McLaughlin as Noodles.

Neverland's mermaids are portrayed by Margaret Camilletti, Dharani Dove, Krisangi Dove, Nila-Madhava Dove, Kamryn Mayhew, Madison Smith, Katrina Stewart and Ellie Talbott.

"Peter Pan" will be followed by the playhouse's second main stage production, "The Dixie Swim Club" by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, to be presented at 8 p.m. June 22-23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. June 24 and July 1. The third major production will be "Zombie Prom," with music by Dana Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, at 8 p.m. July 13-14 and 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 22.

The season continues at 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 10-11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12 with Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery, "The Mousetrap." The final main stage show of the summer will be Ken Ludwig's comic farce "Leading Ladies," to be presented at 8 p.m. Aug 24-25, and Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

Auditions for "The Mousetrap" and "Leading Ladies" are scheduled for 11 a.m. June 2 at the playhouse. No preparation is necessary. Actors will be required to read excerpts from the scripts. Anyone unable to audition on June 2 should contact the playhouse at (304) 737-3344 by June 1 to make other arrangements.

In addition to the five main stage productions, the playhouse will offer a series of "Spotlight" productions on the weekends between the major shows. The first of these, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," will be presented at 8 p.m. June 15-16 and 2 p.m. June 17. A readers' theater production of James Montgomery's comedy, "Nothing But the Truth," adapted by Charles Calabrese, has been scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19.

Playhouse patrons have an opportunity to save money with pre-season discount plans, which include the Super Star plan, which offers five admissions to any shows at $42 for adults, $34 for senior citizens and students, and $26 for children under 12.

The Bright Star plan includes three admissions to nonmusical shows at $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and students and $15 for children under 12. The Twinkling Star plan offers admission to one musical and two nonmusicals at $27 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and students and $17 for children under age 12.

The playhouse also is offering a VIP plan for $100, which includes admission to all shows as well as special VIP treatment.

After the season begins, the box office price for musicals will be $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior citizens and groups and $8 for children under 12. For nonmusicals, in-season ticket prices will be $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and groups and $6 for children younger than 12.

Patrons may order any of the advance discount packages by sending a check or money order payable to the Brooke Hills Playhouse at P.O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070. Patrons are asked to specify how many packages of each type they are ordering. All pre-season orders must be completed by May 31.

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