Holly Youth Theatre Prepares for Peter Pan Jr April 19-22


Holly Youth Theatre Prepares for Peter Pan Jr April 19-22

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 12, 2018)

Holly, MI – Before a performance, Makensie Harrington gets nervous and jittery.

“But when I get on stage it goes away. I feel like I am where I really belong,” said the 14-year-old actress who is one of two young ladies playing Wendy in the upcoming performance of Peter Pan Jr by the Holly Youth Theatre.

The show runs April 19-22 at the Karl Richter Community Center in Holly, and there are 68 kids involved in the production  – plus many parents and volunteers helping out.

On Saturday several helpers were on hand to build the set, including creating the mountainous view of Never Never Land.

Laura Legant, proprietor of Inspirations Arts and Crafts Workshop, manages the group. When asked why she does it, Legant said “It’s amazing.  There’s not as much opportunity for kids that like theatre. We have a lot of spots in Holly, but this gives everyone a chance to shine.”

She added that “for some they do a show just to check it out, and maybe they learn it’s not for them, but they still have a great time and get to try something new.”  For others it i s a way to build confidence and learn to work as a team. And for others it can foster a passion for the arts that enriches their lives long after the curtain falls.

For Harrington, Holly Youth Theatre is a place not only to act, but to make friends. She’s been in several plays over the past few years, including Seussical, Annie and Wizard of Oz. 

“It’s so fun.  I’ve made a lot of friends.  In theatre people don’t exclude you.  It’s a fun experience for everyone,” she said.  The kids range in age from 5-18 years, and the older ones help the younger ones fit in.

There are two sets of the cast, which each doing a couple performances.  This means that if someone is sick or can’t make it, there is a backup actor who can step in. It also gives the kids a chance to watch each other’s shows and learn.

For Harrington, memorizing lines and being onstage come naturally, but it’s also a lot of work.  “I start practicing as soon as I get the script,” she said. “I’m really lucky that I get to practice my lines with my mom. She’s great.”

Tickets to Peter Pan Jr.  are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door if available. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/286349658566245/

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