Addison Trail to present 'Peter Pan'

  • Senior Juan Jakoby Bracamontes plays Peter Pan to sophomore Dominika Zdanowicz's Wendy in Addison Trail's upcoming production of "Peter Pan."

    Senior Juan Jakoby Bracamontes plays Peter Pan to sophomore Dominika Zdanowicz's Wendy in Addison Trail's upcoming production of "Peter Pan." Courtesy of Addison Trail High School

 
By Danielle Brink
DuPage High School District 88
Posted10/11/2017 12:59 PM

Addison Trail High School Theatre members will take audience members back to their childhoods during the school's upcoming production of "Peter Pan."

The play takes audience members to Neverland -- a world filled with fantastical adventure. The story follows Peter Pan, played by senior Juan Jakoby Bracamontes, as he meets Wendy Moira Angela Darling, played by sophomore Dominika Zdanowicz, during a visit to the real world.

 

Peter faces many obstacles in Neverland -- including battling his nemesis Captain Hook, played by senior Nicolas Montgomery, -- but discovers his biggest struggle is between never wanting to grow up and watching as Wendy continues to age.

"Peter Pan" will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Road, Addison.

"I want every individual who walks into the theater to get the full impact of the play and to connect with the story," Bracamontes said. "Children and adults will enjoy this show, as there are many levels to the messages it shares."

He added it has been a fun challenge to portray such a classic and well-known character.

"Everyone grew up with 'Peter Pan,' and there are so many versions of the story," he said. "It's an amazing honor to portray this character, and I know I have a responsibility to bring him to life on the stage."

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Zdanowicz said she remembers reading the book and watching the movie when she was younger. Addison Trail's performance will provide a sense of wonderment for children and a nostalgic escape for adults, she hopes.

Theater Director Anna Jakubka said she chose "Peter Pan" at the request of the senior class. Members of that group saw a performance of "Finding Neverland" on Broadway during a trip to New York two years ago and have wanted to do a similar show ever since.

She said the school will use a version by Jon Jory, adapted from the novel by J.M. Barrie. In this version, the script allows for creative effects to provide the illusion of flying, including the use of a star curtain, a black curtain with LED lights to simulate stars. It also scripts Wendy as an only child.

Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for students and $3 with an Activity Pass, and are free with a District 88 Senior Gold Card. To buy tickets, contact (630) 628-3365 or at.theatre88@gmail.com.

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