By Sarah Pride; poster by Brett Harris
Patrick Henry College
Pirates, Indians, and Lost Boys danced and sang on the stage of Patrick Henry College’s Town Hall last Thursday evening, while Peter Pan “himself,” sophomore Amy Kucks, charmed the audience. According to a review of the play published in Friday’s edition of the PHC Herald, “Eden Troupe’s opening performance of Peter Pan . . . [sent] their audience into a magical world.” The last performances on Friday and Saturday yielded sell-out audiences.
PHC’s Eden Troupe, definitely pushed the limits with Peter Pan, written by Jerome Robbins, the second musical the student-run drama group has produced. Co-directors Aidan Grano and Lillie Schmidt enlisted fellow seniors Krystal Brunner, Tia Ly, and Christy Hailes to serve as producer, director of music, and director of choreography, respectively. They team initially tried for an off-campus location, similar to when Eden Troupe performed Twelfth Night at a nearby middle school. This time, however, they could not match dates or budgets with a local venue. After weighing their options, they decided to run the play in Town Hall, where most Eden Troupe productions have been staged.
Altogether, facing sell-out performances, Peter Pan looks to be a success. Schmidt and Grano are excited to see it come together after their logistics challenges, and their fellow students anticipate the joy of being transported to another world.
“We chose it specifically as a comedy, something that can be just for kids,” says Grano. “We miss in daily life the ability to look outside reality in the way a kid can do.”
The Eden Troupe Board is already planning for next year’s season, listening to pitches from prospective directors and keeping eyes and mind open to external venues. With so many talented seniors graduating in May, space is opening for new leaders in the 2010/2011 school year.