New Season, 'Wendy Darling' Open Sep 8

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017, 12:30pm

It won’t be long now!

Curtain Players will open its 2017-18 season – its 55th – on September 8 with Wendy Darling.

The Ira Hauptman script is receiving its first-ever fully staged production at the 5691 Harlem Road playhouse 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays September 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, and 2 PM Sundays September 17 and 24. Click here to order tickets.

In Hauptman’s darkly comic version of the Peter Pan story, Wendy’s mother sets in motion a journey that threatens to change her family forever. This is not a children’s production, the play is written for appreciation by audiences ages 13 and older.

Hauptman will travel to Westerville/Galena from his New York home for performances September 16 and 17. Curtain Players will honor Hauptman at a 6 PM playhouse reception on Saturday September 16, and he will give a pre-performance talk. He will attend the Sunday September 17 matinee and stay for the Curtain Panels audience talk back.

Director Heather Schultz has been working with her cast and creative team on the project since last spring. There was an open audition June 18 and rehearsals began June 28.

The actors and their roles: Elizabeth Harelik (as Wendy Darling); Cody Schmid (Peter Pan); Megan Lear (Mrs. Darling); Randy Benge (Captain Hook); Jeff Kemeter (Smee); Mackenzie Joseph (Tinkerbell and Shadow); and Ken Kline and Brian Henry (Crocodile).

The Wendy Darling production team includes Wendy Brinker, stage manager, and Kirsten Peninger, producer, along with: Neil Aring (set designer/soundboard operator); Tasha Berwald (costume designer); Mary Benge (properties master); Holly Kemeter (puppet designer); Denise Dumouchelle (lighting designer/lightboard operator); Cory Baker (special lighting effects operator); John Maassel (sound designer); Bronwynn Hopton (artistic advisor); Jason Speicher (fight coordinator); and Denny Petroff (original music).