Community School of the Arts Reaches New Heights with Two Versions of Peter Pan
Students with Community School of the Arts will perform two versions of Peter Pan this month.
Student actors from throughout Tampa Bay have rehearsed for four months to bring J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters to life on stage. Three casts of students ages 5-14 will present Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. from Jan. 22-Jan. 25. The following week, two high school casts perform in Peter Pan — Broadway’s Timeless Musical from Jan. 29-Feb. 1.
All performances take place at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, although the students come from different schools. Multiple casts of the same show provide maximum opportunities for students to shine.
Regardless of which version you attend, expect to be wowed as actors soar above audiences. Community School of the Arts is working with a professional fly director from Kentucky-based ZFX Flying Effects, which is providing equipment and training so the actors can take flight.
Community School of the Arts (CSA) started in 2002 to provide an outlet for creative expression. Classes, for everyone from prekindergarten-aged students through adults, are offered in visual art, instrumental and vocal music, drama, dance and musical theater. CSA classes — which take place at Corbett Prep but are open to the entire community — include guided exploration for young children, traditional classes and lessons, innovative seminars and numerous performing opportunities.
CSA’s Peter Pan productions offer two approaches to the family friendly classic. The Disney version the junior casts perform includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.” It also features Tinkerbell, characters from the television show Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Ariel’s six sisters from The Little Mermaid.
The high school students, meanwhile, are appearing in the original 1954 Broadway version with the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”
Seth Travaglino and Julie Nelson are co-directing Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Travaglino also will direct Peter Pan — Broadway’s Timeless Musical with assistant director Cameron Kubly and stage manager Logan Bell. Brooke Stinnett is music director and Kim Rostick is stage manager for both productions.
Come fly away with CSA for either — or both! — Peter Pan interpretations.
Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. takes place on the following dates and times:
- 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22
- 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23
- 3 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24
- 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25
Peter Pan — Broadway’s Timeless Musical performances are on the following dates and times:
- 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29
- 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30
- 3 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31
- 3 and 7 p.m.., Sunday, Feb. 1
All shows take place in the Farish Center on the campus of Corbett Prep, 12015 Orange Grove Dr., Tampa. Tickets are $15 if purchased at the door. Call (813) 961-3087 for details.
Filled with adventure, music and a beloved hero, Peter Pan is a must-see to add some pixie dust to your new year!