John Anderson

Joe Cook stars in AMS's Peter Pan, opening Friday, May 13.

Joe Cook stars in AMS’s Peter Pan, opening Friday, May 13.

With just a little faith, trust and a bit of pixie dust, you too could be off to Neverland!

Join Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, and the infamous Captain Hook as Auburn Middle School presents “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” on May 13 and 14. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Auburn High School auditorium.

Play director Karin Graves said the show features more than 60 students performing the classic Disney tale, as well as all of Peter Pan’s classic songs, such as, “You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly” and “It’s a Pirates Life for Me!”

“These local talents have been working hard learning the songs,” she said. “Another show highlight will be the ten pirate dancers who will perform under the guidance of choreographers Emma Furmanick and Rachel Hearnlaye.”
Peter Pan is portrayed by eighth-grader Joe Cook, sixth-grader Mackenzie Young plays Tinkerbell, seventh-grader Emma McGrillen depicts Wendy, while eighth-grader Jayda Rodriquez portrays Captain Hook. “Talented actors and dancers,” Graves said.

Along with assistant director Krissy Forgues, Graves said she has an incredible amount of support, especially from the AMS faculty. Technology teacher William Wright and art teacher Michele Prunier worked collaboratively on the set and prop designs and music teacher Julianna Duchesneau provided the musical direction. Jessica Young and Jennifer Conlan, both eighth-grade ELA teachers, had their students create cast biographies for the playbill, while physical education teacher Denise Collins and Math II teacher Christine Robbins worked with the students from the Young Engineers Club to design a cannon. “The faculty at the middle school is wonderfully supportive and gives so much of themselves,” Graves said.

Graves, who has directed plays at AMS for more than 10 years, added many former middle-school play participants come back to assist in the production, a list that includes Furmanick, Hearnlaye, as well as Ed Lindem, Kathleen Meyer, and Katie Bernard.

“After following Peter and Tinker Bell past ‘the second star to the right and straight on till morning,’ we hope you’ll fly away with us to Neverland,” Graves said. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. Tickets will be available for purchase both nights at the high school at 99 Auburn St.