WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Playhouse will be serving up some swashbuckling fun for the young and the young at heart when it presents the stage version of J.M. Barrie's children's classic, "Peter Pan," with shows set for evenings or afternoons, for convenient family viewing.
The play will be presented June 1-2 and 8-9 at 8 p.m. and June 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.
The play's director, Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, 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, while Gabby Bennett will play Wendy Darling, who is recruited by Peter to be "mother" to the Lost Boys.
She is accompanied on their journey to Peter's home in Neverland by her brothers John, played by Griffin Smith and Michael, portrayed by Brynna Jackson.
Roberta Fedoush and Ryan Mason play the children's parents, while Nick Oliveira is Nana, the family's canine nanny.
While in Neverland, the children encounter Ryan Mason as Smee, first mate and right-hand man to the villainous Captain Hook, portrayed by playhouse veteran Russ Welch.
Nick Oliveira also will play the crocodile who took Hook's hand and the pirate Bill Jukes, while Ellie Talbott is the Never Ostrich.
Lauren Altobell is cast as the Indian princess Tiger Lily, while 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 Talbott are their brave tribe of warriors.
Other Neverland inhabitants, pirates, Lost boys and mermaids include Emily Stuck, Carly Balog, Katie Spurrier, Karleigh Kowcheck, Caitlin Cuomo, Christina Altobell, Amy Balog, Isaac Bennett, Cliff Welch, Ben Fedoush, Paul Fulciniti, Josh Bennett, Kris McLaughlin, 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, on June 22-23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m.
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 June 15-16 at 8 p.m. and June 17 at 2 p.m.
Playhouse patrons have an opportunity to save money with pre-season discount plans, which include the Super Star plan, which provides 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 non-musical 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 non-musicals at $27 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and students and $17 for children under 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 non-musicals, in-season ticket prices will be $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and groups, and $6 for children under 12.
Patrons may order any of the advance discount packages by sending a check or money order payable to 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 Thursday.
For information about this season's shows and dates, call (304) 737-3344 or visit brookehillsplayhouse.com.