Peter Pan Musical Performance at The Taft School

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The fantastical play “Peter Pan” debuts at the Taft School on October 21, 22 and 23. Written by JM Barrie and directed by Taft theatre/film teacher Rick Doyle, the performance brings to life the classic tale that follows the Darling children on their adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook.

Peter Pan (Sara Guernsey '11) points Wendy, John, and Michael toward Neverland. Photo Credit: Peter Frew, Taft School

We pulled out all the stops to make Peter Pan a magical experience for all...This show tickles those memories, with the flying, tricks, classic costumes and striking set.

The fantastical play “Peter Pan” debuts at the Taft School on October 21, 22 and 23. Written by JM Barrie and directed by Taft theatre/film teacher Rick Doyle, the performance brings to life the classic tale that follows the Darling children on their adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook.

“We pulled out all the stops to make Peter Pan a magical experience for all,” says Doyle. “People have very clear memories of this musical from their own childhood. This show tickles those memories, with the flying, tricks, classic costumes and striking set.”

Sara Guernsey, a senior from New York City plays the title role. At Taft, Guernsey sings in the a cappella group, of which she is now the head, and in the choral group Collegium Musicum. She has appeared in other musicals including “Working”, “Ragtime” and “Wizard of Oz”.

“I couldn't be happier to be playing Peter Pan,” said Guernsey. “I am positive it will be a show that Taft won't soon forget."

Nick Auer, a senior from Fairfield, CT, plays Captain Hook. The cast also includes Bailey Outerbridge, a junior from Pennington, NJ (Wendy), freshman Aidan Gorman from Litchfield, CT (Michael) and Thomas Rowe, a junior from New York City (John). The production’s assistant director is sophomore Olivia Taylor-Butler from Kansas City, MO. The show also includes faculty members and children playing Pirates and Lost Boys.

Local Taft students in the performance include junior Christopher Browner and senior Thomas Foley from Waterbury, CT, senior Sarah Durgy from Watertown, CT, freshman Aidan Gorman and senior Lucy Aziz from Litchfield, CT. The technical theater team, under the leadership of Taft faculty member David Kievit includes local students junior Kristen Shaker from Woodbury, CT, junior Ben Garfinkel from Watertown, CT and junior Sarah Denning of Winsted, CT.

The Taft School is an independent boarding and day school for 588 boys and girls in grades nine through post graduate. Founded in 1890 by Horace Dutton Taft, younger brother of President William Howard Taft, the school moved to Watertown in 1893. More than a century later, its motto of service—Not to be served but to serve—remains central to the school’s mission today.

PETER PAN is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

*Musical Based on the Play by James M. Barrie

Lyrics by CAROLYN LEIGH
Music by MARK CHARLAP
Additional Music by JULIE STYNE                        
Additional Lyrics by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN

Contact:

Maggie Dietrich
Communications Office
T (860) 945-5942
F (860) 945-7797
MaggieDietrich(at)TaftSchool(dot)org

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