Monday, January 22, 2018

Highlands Middle School Presents Peter Pan Jr.


By Lexie Crawford, Highlands Middle School student 

The Fort Thomas Independent Schools District has always had a great reputation in many things, including academics, athletics, and more. With all of the amazing work the school district does, some aspects of their work don’t get as much recognition as others. The theatre department puts on a total of four shows a year, which includes a musical with the middle school.

This year, they’re performing Peter Pan Jr.  On January 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th, the middle school will be showing the public how their hard work over the past few months has come together. Taylor Parks, Highlands High School senior and stage manager, said, “I think the show is going to be great! The kids are working hard and they’re really enjoying themselves.” The hard work of the middle school cast and crew, which also includes high school supervisors, alongside the music, dances, and flying, creates a truly spectacular show.

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Mr. Jason Burgess, director, said, “We have a high expectation of the students. It doesn’t matter if they are middle school or high school, we don’t take the gas off for the middle school show. We expect the show to be high caliber. The students are definitely working their tails off and we think everyone is going to be extremely impressed with their hard work.”

Rehearsals started on November 13th, and the cast has worked almost every day leading up to the show dates. Crews have also worked to create the set, light and sound designs, costumes, makeup, and, most interestingly, flying.


This production of Peter Pan is the first time Highlands has ever worked with flying, so this is a new experience that will be amazing to see. McKenna Pinkston, who plays the talented Peter Pan, said, “Since I’m flying for almost half of the songs, I’ve gotten really good at it. It’s really cool to look down at all my friends and dance in the air. I can’t wait for show time to come so I can show everyone!”

The flight crew works in the wings during the shows and rehearsals, lifting and moving the flying actors. Ben Rosenstiel, HHS senior and flight operator, said “I think it’s really cool that, even with the middle school shows, we’re pushing the envelope and going the extra mile by actually having the flight equipment. Creating that challenge is something that’s really awesome about Highland’s theatre program. Everything is already top notch, but, because the actors are flying, it’s definitely a show to see.”

The set, costumes, effects, singing, dancing, flying, and more are sure to continue Highland’s record of great productions. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and can be bought at ShowTix4U for the shows on January 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th. With all of the hard work put into this production, Highland Middle School’s Peter Pan is a must-see!

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