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Tickets still available for whimsical 'Peter Pan' at Harrisburg High

  • From left, Wendy, John and Michael (Chloe Thomas, Landon Gates and Luke Winkleman) fly during technical rehearsal for Peter Pan Monday evening.

    From left, Wendy, John and Michael (Chloe Thomas, Landon Gates and Luke Winkleman) fly during technical rehearsal for Peter Pan Monday evening.
    Travis DeNeal

  • Jack Gulley flies across the state as Peter Pan in technical rehearsal Monday evening while director Hannah Drake watches at Southeastern Illinois College.

    Jack Gulley flies across the state as Peter Pan in technical rehearsal Monday evening while director Hannah Drake watches at Southeastern Illinois College.
    Travis DeNeal

  • Alex McRoy, portraying Captain Hook, smiles during a break in stage blocking with other cast members

    Alex McRoy, portraying Captain Hook, smiles during a break in stage blocking with other cast members
    Travis DeNeal

  • A portion of the 45 student actors in the ensemble cast of Peter Pan

    A portion of the 45 student actors in the ensemble cast of Peter Pan
    Travis DeNeal

  • Chloe Thomas, as Wendy, speaks to Peter Pan's Lost Boys during rehearsal.

    Chloe Thomas, as Wendy, speaks to Peter Pan's Lost Boys during rehearsal.
    Travis DeNeal

 
BY TRAVIS DENEAL tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 3/10/2017 8:34 AM

HARRISBURG -- Harrisburg student actors literally will fly across the stage on their way to Neverland at Southeastern Illinois College's theater this weekend, director Hannah Drake says.

Harrisburg High School will present the beloved J.M. Barrie classic "Peter Pan" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at SIC's George T. Dennis Theatre at the college's Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Peter Pan has captured the imagination of children since the story's first publication, in no small part to the idea of pixie dust granting a child the ability to fly. Thanks to professional rigging equipment, the flying scenes in the musical can be recreated, Drake said.

"We had a company called Vertigo who provided the stage rigging to make it possible for the characters to fly," Drake said. "They came to SIC for three days to set up the flying rigging and train us how to fly."

In technical rehearsal Monday night at the theater, the talented ensemble cast and sprawling, complex set hinted at an elaborate stage experience. The production's cast is led by Jack Gulley, who plays Peter Pan; Chloe Thomas, Wendy; Landon Gates, John; Luke Winkleman, Michael; Alex McRoy, Captain Hook; and Braden Cummins, Smee. Drake said the cast has 45 members total.

"It's definitely a big show, but we're getting used to big shows," she said. "For this one, the technical elements and the flying harnesses were one more thing to work with that made it a challenge."

Drake praised the cast and crew for their many hours spent bringing the show to life.

"Our kids worked really hard on this. I don't think anyone will be disappointed," she said.

She said tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available by calling Drake at HHS (618) 253-7637 x2169. In addition, tickets -- if still available -- can be purchased one hour prior to each show's opening.