Cornerstone Performing Arts Academy is putting on a production of Peter Pan Jr., a play that truly reaches new heights.
As Director Rebecca Sims said, “We dream big, we dream huge, these kids are going to fly, and we’re gonna figure out how to do it and we are!”
And that they did.
With much of that credit directed toward the united effort of everyone involved.
That talented Theatre team includes Broadway Aerial Choreographer Paul Rubin, and ZFX Flying Director Andrea Gentry. These are industry professionals lending their vast expertise so students can soar.
Salma Kettner, who plays “Wendy,” described what it’s like to fly, “Sometimes it’s a little nerveracking. as soon as I’m up there it feels really cool, and it’s just amazing!”
This is not just a leap of faith. Behind the scenes, there is significant preparation and precaution.
The Technical Director and his team use tracks and rising lifts, students are suited in fly harnesses, and five people backstage, three working the lines, two on ropes utilize timing, stamina, and strength to keep students soaring.
After directing the play, Sims, who also has industry experience, is inspired by how students rise to the challenge, adding, “The difference between working with professionals and working with little ones is that they’re capable of anything.”
During their recent opening weekend these 33 student-actors performed for over 600 theatergoers.
Dylan Grant, who plays the leading role of “Peter Pan,” summed up taking the stage, “You don’t know what’s going to happen, but you’re confident at the same time.”
“To see how well all of them are doing it makes my heart burst,” added Sims.
They still have another weekend of shows at Cornerstone! Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
As Dylan said, “It turned out amazing and I think you would love it.”