Moonlight group's 'Peter Pan' soars beyond expectations Production is running at community college

November 15, 1996|By Pat Hook | Pat Hook,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"Peter Pan," the tale of a boy who wouldn't grow up, thrives on fantasy and make-believe. And the current production at Anne Arundel Community College lives up to all expectations.

In some cases, it even exceeds expectations because the Moonlight Troupers hired Flying by Foy, the special effects company responsible for Broadway "Peter Pans," to do the same for this troupe. It takes five stagehands hidden in the wings to get Peter and the Darling children, Wendy, Michael and John, into the air and off to never-never land.

The troupe also used a light created by Nightline Laser Design Inc., a Portland, Ore., company, for the twinkle that is Tinkerbell.

Drama department chairman Robert E. Kauffman scores well as the technical director with whimsical sets and lighting that enhance the story, written by James M. Barrie to comfort his mother as she grieved over the loss of his brother, who died at the age of 12, about the age of Peter.

The entire cast is well directed and choreographed by Sherry Kay.

Mary Armour-Kaiser is a joy to watch as she clearly delights in the title role and flying with the children. Her voice, however, needs some amplification to be heard over the excellent orchestra directed by Raymond Ascione.

Thomas M. Quimby dances and prances as the dastardly pirate Captain Hook, then becomes serene and paternal as Mr. Darling. He plays both roles so convincingly that it probably will come as a surprise when he appears for the curtain calls dressed as Mr. Darling, but with a hook for a hand.

Debbie Cooke plays three roles delightfully. First, she is the caring Mrs. Darling, then a lively Indian and last a grown-up Wendy.

The Darling children are well played by Anna Roberts, Michael Taylor and James Waters.

The show runs weekends through Nov. 24. Curtain time is 7: 30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Because of the large demand for tickets, an extra show has been added at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 541-2457

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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