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January 30, 2014


Cowley Theatre Department soaring to new heights with Peter Pan


Peter Pan

Using harnesses and cables, the Cowley College Theatre Department plans to make its spring musical, “Peter Pan”, capture the audiences imagination during its performances at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Tickets go on sale Monday, February 3 and are $10 for adults and $8 for students. A dinner and show combo is offered on Friday and Saturday night for $22. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cowley Box Office at 620-441-5570 or by going to Cowley’s Online Box Office The musical is the British version by Piers Chater Robinson. All of the characters are the same as the original version, only the music is more up-tempo.

The actors will fly across the stage as they will be lifted by stagehands working on a pulley system. The stagehands will control the wires that send the cast members flying.

In order to learn how to operate the pulley system, representatives from Flying by Foy, which is based out of Las Vegas, NV, will travel to Arkansas City to train the stagehands over a three-day period.

“We have never done anything with flying before, so I am ready to see the actors fly,” Cowley interim theatre director Dejon Ewing said.

There will be four sets used in the production. The sets consist of the nursery, forest scene (hidden cave), the boat, and the Indian village. The sets are being constructed by technical director of theatre Jamison Rhoads and student assistant Stuart Parman.

“The set is absolutely magical,” Ewing said.

The costumes were rented from companies in California and Chicago, while Jennifer Blatchford is handling the choreography.

Ewing said auditions were held just before Christmas and rehearsals are going well.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the students,” Ewing said.

Sophomore Rose Hooley will have the lead role as Peter Pan. Ewing said she didn’t think twice about having a female in the role of Peter Pan.

“She’s a good actress, who can dance and has a fabulous singing voice,” Ewing said. “People can expect top-notch, quality acting from the entire cast.”

Cast list:
Adriana Somerville – Mrs. Darling
Alex Guerin – Jukes (pirate)
Cyruss Tasker – Mr. Darling
Ron Slaton – Noodler (pirate)
Sidney Hogan – Twin (lost boy)
Brenna Beeson – Curly (lost boy
Addam Porter – Captain Hook
Alex Behrens – Nibs (lost boy)
Courtney Banks – Stage Manager
David Boxman – Skylights (pirate)
Henry Flickinger – Running Dog (Indian)
John Rohr – Tootles (lost boy)
Josh Waldorf – Grizzly Bear (Indian)
Kiersten McGowan – Cunning Fox (Indian)
Kristen Boxman – Tiger Lily
Rose Hooley – Peter Pan
Eli Eis – John
Spencer MacLaughlin – Michael
Amber Creed – Slightly (lost boy)
Abby Killman – Wendy
Abby Ronnfeldt – Singing Bull (Indian)
Andrew Horning – Smee (pirate)
Corey Rothwell – Starkey (pirate)
Emily Loehner – Twin (lost boy)
Gary Fizer III – Chief (Indian)
Holly Landis – Nana/Croc
Jace Franklin – Cecco (pirate)
Jasmine Haddock – Liza
Kandice Wright – Stalking Deer (Indian)
Kayla McLaughlin – Bald Eagle (Indian)
Victoria Hutchison – Stage Manager