Helping ‘Peter Pan’ fly at MVHS

Oct 23, 2017
Techie Danica Juntura is among the seniors involved in Medomak Valley High School’s “Peter Pan.”

Waldoboro — As the high school fall production season gets underway, the Medomak Valley Players are still looking for backstage help — specifically, for people to reach into their back pockets, pull out their wallets and help stage a 30th anniversary production of “Peter Pan.”

As fans of the varied iterations of J.M. Barrie’s beloved tale know, the title character — and, with his help, others — can fly. That takes a theatrical rigging system, which costs a pretty penny. Matt Kopishke, tech/set director, created a GoFundMe crowdfunding site to help offset the cost.

“We only have raised $1,650 of our 4K goal, but we are rigged and being trained and flying kids,” said director Nancy Durgin. “It is happening!”

“Peter Pan” happens Thursday through Friday, Nov. 9 through 11; and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. There also are 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Oct. 12 and 19, both of which will be followed by a Tinkerbelle Tea Party; for an additional admission, attendees can share treats, meet the cast members and take pictures.

Among the seniors working their last fall musical is Danica Juntura, who will be running lights. She said that working behind the scenes and creating the magic for “Peter Pan” has been a childhood dream come true.

“It has been an honor working with this cast and crew, and I’m so grateful for all the memories made with these amazing people,” she said. “I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy their trip to Neverland!”

All reserved tickets are $12; general admission tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens and students younger than 17. Tinkerbelle Tea tickets are $5. To reserve and for more information, email mvhs-players@msad40.org. To contribute to the rigging fund, visit the MVHS Players’ “Flying Pan” campaign on gofundme.com.

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