‘Peter Pan’ Flies into On Stage Walton 

Press release from On Stage

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Captain Hook (Graham Fenn) finds Wendy Darling (Willow Smith) and Peter Pan (Mason Thigpen) in a reading tent at The Story Shop in downtown Monroe. They’re promoting the upcoming production of “Peter Pan” at On Stage Walton June 7, 8 and 9. Contributed photo

MONROE, Ga. – On Stage Walton will present “Peter Pan,” the timeless story of a boy who could fly, with a cast of 28 young actors in three performances on June 7, 8 and 9. The shows will be at 8 p.m. on June 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. on June 9. Tickets will cost $15.

The play is directed by Paula Gerhardt and Amanda Rempe. Gerhardt is a veteran of four years of On Stage productions, including “Into the Woods,” “Shrek the Musical” and “Nunsense.” She will soon play Alice in “The Addams Family” at On Stage beginning July 19. Rempe first performed with On Stage as Sonia in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” and recently appeared in the sold-out On Stage production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” She also has hosted the theater’s Comedy Cabaret.

Peter Pan will be portrayed by Mason Thigpen, 12, who attends Youth Middle School in Monroe. He will soon be seen as Pugsley in “The Addams Family.” Wendy Darling will be played by Willow Smith, 15, who lives in Monroe and attends Prince Avenue Christian School in Athens. Captain Hook will be portrayed by Graham Fenn, a senior at George Walton Academy who has been in multiple On Stage productions. He will play Lurch in “The Addams Family.”

“We have 28 actors in this production of ‘Peter Pan,’ all between the ages of 9 and 18,” Gerhardt said. “It is amazing to see how much talent they bring to the stage and we are beyond thrilled to be able to give our young actors an opportunity to be part of this full-scale production.”

Without giving away any secrets about how cast members will fly, Gerhardt said, “Amanda and I are working on using a little ‘theater magic’ to make the illusion of Peter, Wendy and the rest of the gang flying over London without the actors’ feet ever leaving the ground. It is so thrilling to make something impossible possible with the ‘pixie dust’ that is theater!”

Tickets go on sale May 24. They are available online at www.onstagewalton.org and at Carmichael Drug Store, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Monroe. 

About On Stage Walton: Organized in 1971 “to bring a little culture to our town,” the theater moved in 1975 to the current On Stage Playhouse in the old Monroe Primitive Baptist Church, built in 1910.  On Stage holds summer workshops for adults and youths. The theater helps support a 501c3 organization. For more information: www.onstagewalton.org.

PPeter Pan (Mason Thigpen) offers some good advice from the upcoming production of “Peter Pan” at On Stage Walton in Monroe on June 7, 8 and 9. Contributed photo

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