Whitewater takes flight with ‘Peter Pan’ this weekend


Whitewater High students have been preparing for months for the spring production, “Peter Pan,” which opens Thursday, April 26, and continues through Sunday, April 29. Under the direction of Susan Simich, the cast and crew of over 60 students will present a mix of the traditional and new.  The excitement is evident in rehearsals. 

“Peter Pan” is a story that touches people of all ages which makes it even more thrilling for the drama department to be able to present this classic tale.
For the first time, characters will fly in Whitewater auditorium using flight riggings that have graced the stages of professional theaters in Atlanta and elsewhere. Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and Jon will all fly to Neverland, soaring high above the stage.

Director Susan Simich shares that “Kenny Blair is amazing with his flying contraption!  He has taught us so much and helped us to bring the story to life.  Trust me when I say that it was worth the expense to get these kids flying!” 

You will see familiar images in Captain Hook and the Indians, the Mermaids and the Lost Boys, but you won’t see a Peter Pan in tights and elf shoes.  Simich’s Peter Pan is a mix of all the people she holds most dear with a little Captain Jack Sparrow thrown in for good measure.

The all student cast has been in rehearsals almost every day for over two months to prepare for this spectacular production. The Neverland stage is no less than breathtaking, and was prepared by students, teachers, and parent volunteers.

The director talked about the significance and joy of this show. “I was raised to remember to always embrace and hold onto my childlike wonder.  We all have to be responsible, but I don’t think we ever have to grow old to grow up.  I love that I am able to encourage that childlike joy in my students and in all of our audience members.  I like to think I’m a bit of a Peter Pan, just with lots of jewelry and fabulous hair!” 

“Peter Pan” will take place on Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, and Saturday April 28 at 7 p.m., and Sunday April 29, at 2:30 p.m. at Whitewater Auditorium. Presale tickets are $6 and $8 at the door, and children 6 and under are $3. Advance tickets are available from cast members or by emailing Susan Simich at simich.susan@fcboe.org.