‘Peter Pan’ to fly high at FTHS


FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Come and share the adventures of the Darling family and their children in the musical production of J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan” presented by the Patriot Players drama club of Freehold Township High School.

Join with the Darling children,Wendy, Michael and John, as they meet Peter, the “I Won’t Grow Up” kid, the mean Captain Hook and the fragile Tinker Bell.

Watch in amazement as Peter teaches the children to fly to his Never, Never Land where they do battle with pirates and Indians.

When the song “I’m Flying” is performed, flying really happens thanks to the special effects of the Flying by Foy company based in Las Vegas.

“We’re really thrilled to have Flying by Foy orchestrate our flying effects,” said Patt Giblin, the school’s drama director for seven years. “This company started in 1954 and did the flying effects for the Broadway production of ‘Peter Pan’ with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard and more recently for the revivals with Cathy Rigby and Sandy Duncan.”

Giblin said he believes this is the first high school production that Flying by Foy has done. He said it has been a great experience for everyone who is involved in the production.

The cast of more than 30 students stars Julia Freire as Peter Pan with the role of Captain Hook shared by Danny Mullanaphy and Marc Mills during the run of the musical.

Emily DeLuca Daly plays Wendy, with Jake Sisskind as John and Kate Barron as Michael, her “stage” brothers. PhillipWallens’ role is Smee and Ashlie Kneler is the Tiger Lily character.

Sue Hawley and Nicole Nava share the role ofMrs. Darling and JustinMoore portrays Mr. Darling.

Whitney Gemo, an English teacher at the school, is the production’s assistant director with the musical direction provided by Edward Gattsek, the school’s band director.

“Peter Pan” will be performed at Freehold Township High School, Elton-Adelphia Road, March 12, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. with a matineeMarch 15 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the school at (732) 431-8460.