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High School’s panto preparations

 
Created on 10/11/2011 @ 09:32
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By Tom Parry
 
A cast of more than 100 students will be involved in putting on a spectacular performance of Peter Pan at Welshpool High School this Christmas.
 
Shouts of “He’s behind you” and “oh no he isn’t” are already filling the air as rehearsals get underway for the Christmas special on December 13, 14 and 15 with tickets going on sale soon.
 
After the past success of previous shows including Oliver, the school’s drama department is looking to put its own stamp on J.M Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grew up.
 
Fiona Davies, Head of the department, said: “I’m very pleased with the progress that the cast has made in such a short time. We recently did a run-through of Act 1 and it’s great to see how it’s all coming together. Peter Pan is a really good show to perform as there are a lot of parts to get involved with. We’re all really excited as the show is going to be really vibrant and fun, perfect for Christmas!”
 
The cast consists of Year 8 to Year 13 pupils who are hard at work bringing Neverland to life by portraying the usual set of Lost Boys, Pirates and Indians.
 
“The cast are all working very hard during rehearsals” said Assistant Director Lucy French. “There’s also been a great effort from members of staff who are helping out with music, lighting and sourcing items for the sets.”
 
The coveted roles of Peter Pan and his Arch rival Captain Hook will be played by Year 11 pupil Elen Roberts and Year 13 student Jack Williams respectively.
 
“Playing Peter Pan is great fun. I enjoy all the action involved with it and the songs in the show are really good to sing. Rehearsals are also lots of fun, even though they can be hard work sometimes,” said Elen.
 
Jack added: “Captain Hook’s a really good character to play because he’s very flamboyant and eccentric. I’m very excited about doing the performances as I love the whole Christmas atmosphere that the show creates. I’ve been involved in pantomimes in Montgomery town hall in the past such as Alice in Wonderland, and I was a thief in Oliver, but I’ve never been involved with something quite on the scale of this before.”
 
Tickets will be on sale through the school office or the drama department.
 
PICTURE: Lead characters - Jack Williams and Elen Roberts going over their lines
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