The Spring Musical: Peter Pan!

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This time last week, the cast of the spring musical, Peter Pan, was wandering around the Mount like zombies, guzzling coffees, and struggling to keep their eyes open. But at the same time they were buzzing with excitement about their four upcoming performances. Everything was finally coming together after the months of rehearsals, and though everything was a little crazy, every single person in the cast knew that the show was going to blow people away. And the moment that the final scene of the show ended and the audience went crazy with applause, it was clear we were right.

Being involved with Peter Pan gave me three of the most fun months I have had so far in my life, and I would just like to remind everyone that summer is also three months long, so that’s saying a lot. The cast was incredibly close, truly a theater family, and though all of us complained endlessly about them, we secretly looked forward to the five, seven, and even nine hour Sunday rehearsals, because it meant we got to spend time with each other. We all have a passion for performing, and most importantly we all support each other when we’re pursuing that passion, creating an open atmosphere that’s filled with huge amounts of love and support. I heard countless people comment about how magical the show was, and how we all looked like we were having the time of our lives on stage. It was because we were; that part wasn’t acting.

Being involved with Peter Pan gave me three of the most fun months I have had so far in my life, and I would just like to remind everyone that summer is also three months long, so that’s saying a lot.”

— Meghan Murphy

So, though I could go on for days and days about how much I love the cast, enough with the sap. During tech week, the week right before the musical where we tech and continuously run the show until we’re performance ready, I interviewed a few of the cast members to hear their thoughts. I first interviewed the lead, sophomore Andrea Garcia, who did an incredible job playing the part of Peter Pan.

How does it feel to be the lead?
“Crazy…absolutely insane!”
What’s your favorite scene in the show?
“The last scene where I take Jane with me to Neverland.”
What’s your favorite thing about being in the musical at the Mount?
“Being able to meet a bunch of people and create a bond with them…can you make that sound better?” (I didn’t…sorry Dre.)
What’s the best part about performing?
“The ending.”
Is there anything else you would like to say?
“Thank you!!”

I also interviewed a few seniors, Julia Baum, who played Nana, and Eddie Whitehead, who played John Darling. When asked what their favorite scenes were in the play, Julia responded with “The Tarantella (a pirate dance),” while Eddie replied, “Probably the bows because that means it’s over…just kidding! It’s Ugg-A-Wugg (an ensemble dance number).” Julia also said her favorite thing about being in the musical at the Mount is the family that she has become a part of, and the best part about performing is bowing, knowing that all of her hard work paid off. Eddie shared that his favorite thing about being in the musical at the Mount is “…getting to spend time with Meghan Murphy”, and the best part of performing is “getting to spend time on stage with Meghan Murphy.” (I promise, these are real things he said.)

I also interviewed Mollie McGuire, a sophomore who played the role of a nursery toy, a position that is not included in the original show, but was essential to the Mount’s performance of Peter Pan. They really created the magical vibe that was so important to our show.

What’s your favorite scene in the show?
“Umm…”
(Nick Browne in the background, who played the part of Cecco, the pirate: “Say when Cecco dies!”)
“Okay…it’s when Cecco dies.”
What’s your favorite thing about being in the musical at the Mount?
“The people who are involved in it.”
What’s the best part about performing?
“Everyone watching me! …No, um, actually…can I use a quote? WAIT! I don’t know… this is making me nervous. I LOVE THE ORCHESTRA SO MUCH!”

Though these are only a few of the cast members, I think they give an accurate depiction of what it’s like to be in the cast of the musical. We all have so much fun together while creating bonds with one another that will last forever. We never fail to give everything we have to our performances, leaving everything on the stage so the audience can soak up as much as possible, and we have a blast while doing it. It’s hard for me, and probably for most of the other cast members if you were to ask them, to find the words to describe what it was like to be able to be a part of the cast or crew of Peter Pan. And though I miss it more than most things now that it’s over, I know I will always have the amazing memories I created on that stage with people who will I love for the rest of my life.

 

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