Peter Pan the Musical coming to BPCC

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A classic childhood fairytale is coming to life in a magical high-flying production at Bossier Parish Community College.

The Cavalier Players will present Peter Pan the Musical in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, located at 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 and at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 25.  All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.bpcc.edu/theatre/peterpan.

This classic musical will whisk audiences away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up. Peter Pan features an array of fascinating characters, splendid costumes, catchy musical numbers, and–of course–children in flight! BPCC has contracted Flying by Foy of Las Vegas (the official Broadway Peter Pan flight riggers) for the production’s flying effects.

Starring in the BPCC production as Peter Pan is Tova Volcheck, a sophomore theatre arts major. Volcheck said it’s a dream role and one she has always wanted to play.

“Peter is completely fearless. He’s bold and not afraid of anything. I love that about him,” she said.

Volcheck said one of her favorite parts of the show is her entrance.

“Everyone will gasp. It’s the most magical, thrilling entrance,” she added.

Courtesy Photo | Starring in the BPCC production as Peter Pan is Tova Volcheck, a sophomore theatre arts major. At her side playing the role of Wendy Darling is Madeline Hiers, a sophomore theatre arts major.
Courtesy Photo | Starring in the BPCC production as Peter Pan is Tova Volcheck, a sophomore theatre arts major. At her side playing the role of Wendy Darling is Madeline Hiers, a sophomore theatre arts major.

At her side playing the role of Wendy Darling is Madeline Hiers, a sophomore theatre arts major. Hiers said everyone in the cast has a moment to shine on stage. That’s one of the things she loves about this production.

“Someone steals the show in every scene,” she said. “There are people singing, great dance numbers, people who show off through comedy. Everyone brings their own talent to the stage in a big way.”

Peter Pan the Musical consists of three acts, rather than the traditional two. Volcheck called the second act the most whimsical with their journey to Neverland. She said it’s simply enchanting.

“Magical is the only thing that I can think of when I think Peter Pan,” she said. “You see your childhood dreams on stage and in those moments where you wish you were Peter or Wendy, you can actually feel like you are on stage. This show definitely leaves you wanting more.”

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct the musical which is based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, music by Mark Charlap, additional music by Jule Styne, and additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Adam Philley, Adjunct Professor of Music at Bossier Parish Community College and Director of Music Ministries at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, will appear as Captain Hook. Additional cast include Madeline Hiers as Wendy, Levi Volcheck as John, Max Ellis as Michael, Jasey Gilbert as Mrs. Darling, Elizabeth Jones as Liza, Daniel Salazar as Nana, Sam Copeland as Smee, Elise Birmingham as Tiger Lily and Libby Volcheck as Jane.  Also included in the cast of Indians, pirates, lost boys, and Neverland animals are Tomiya Washington, Antone’ Hollis, Taylor Brown, Taylor Green, Tessa Volcheck, Shelby Bungard, Allison Miller, Aubrey Buckner, Cody Allums, Tristian Moss, John Medlin, Jamie Johnstone, Sky Breczinski, Johnny Marley, Tyler Dollar, Jay Allen, and Terry Anderson.

Dr. Crawford is also serving as music director with choreography by Laura M. Beeman. David White and Jonathon Offutt will provide set design, Rona Leber costume design, Keith Bruce light design, and Johathan Rambin will stage manage.

First produced on Broadway with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard and more recently a major hit starring Cathy Rigby, Peter Pan is one of the world’s most celebrated musicals.