Peter Pan Rehearsals

 

By The Bosco Creative Writing Club - Friday 14th June

Hello again! You will not believe how privileged I have been this week! I actually watched TWO rehearsals for the phenomenal production of Peter Pan. In the first rehearsal, I was lucky enough to watch a scene about the intriguing Indians. Tiger Lily, a teen "Squaw" with some serious attitude issues, is played by Linda Wiredu and is set to face a slight dilemma. As the drama began to unfold, I could feel the tension building and I was on the edge of my seat! The Indians performed extraordinarily well, including their VERY unique dance! The second rehearsal I witnessed this week was a scene about the main character himself…Peter Pan. Peter, played exceptionally well by Jess Jones, told a tale of wonder and magic to his loyal friends, the Lost Boys. They were urged by Mrs Ellison to "use their bodies as tools" which they certainly did as they all paraded around the stage with passion! Peter is a role model to all in this play and I can't wait to see him work his magic in next week's rehearsals!

Erin Scullin, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

After viewing my first double dose of St. John Bosco's Peter Pan production, I was left flabbergasted by the amazing quality of the actor's performances. The Indian's scene in particular left me startled in terms of how realistic their action packed situation seemed. The chief of Indians (played by Megan Cleary) bellowed out commands at her loyal followers and lead them in traditional Indian dance which was mesmerising. Tiger Lily found it difficult to follow instructions which resulted in a major diva strop and added a comical element to a tense scene. As if that wasn't enough, I went back for my second dose of rehearsals and was left entranced by the scenes yet again. The Lost Boys' scene was one which had clearly been crafted with care and attention, showing how much they value their friendship with Peter Pan. However, they seem reluctant to have Wendy in their group, as she is..... ''a girl…EUGH!!'' **CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC!** Only two weeks to go now, and judging by what I have seen today, I can safely say that it will be more magical than Tinkerbell's fairy dust!

Shannon McGowan, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

Having a sneak peek at the Lost Boys' scene shows you how much the directors have closed in on every detail. With fewer stopping points, the amazing actors are really pulling it together. From bold actions and projected voices, this play has it all. As I walked through the doors I heard Mrs Ellison bellow some supportive advice with "use your body as a tool" being one of them resulting in some serious dramatisations! The Lost Boy scene is bold, brilliant and breathtaking. Jess Jones plays the role of Peter Pan and really showed her troops her amazing acting skills as we could see how much effort she had put into remembering her lines and truly becoming Peter. Alongside Jess playing the lead, the lost boys made sure they too were in the spotlight, as they knew their cues and made it a superb scene. With only two weeks to go, I can't wait to see the full thing even more!!

Annie Edgar, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

I'm back again for week two and it's getting even BETTER! With the compelling accents and the elaborate postures, we were all enthralled. Linda Wiredu played the role of Tiger Lily with enthusiasm and showed more attitude than Beyonce and Rihanna put together! When she finds herself in a slight dilemma, it makes us wonder if she will ever survive. As if that wasn't enough action to witness in one day, I then got to see the one only Peter Pan and his Lost Boys in action. With their rhythmic routine and their street dance vibes, they will have you jumping out of your seats with excitement. I can't imagine how this will get any better!

Chloe Spiers, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

I am so lucky to have watched the rehearsals for the Indian scene today. As they flooded the stage, their fluent movements left me gobsmacked. One of the great actors to watch out for in the production is Linda Wiredu who plays the role of Tiger Lily, a teenage Indian who has bags full of attitude until she finds herself in a very sticky situation, but will she survive...? Like me you're going to have to stick around for the opening night to find out!! You are certainly in for a treat once you see the play as you're constantly left in suspense wondering what will happen next!

Naomi Daley, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

By The Bosco Creative Writing Club - Monday 10th June

WOW! I am speechless after watching the rehearsals for Peter Pan.  Antonia Hamer who is set to play Captain Hook simply knocked my socks off! With a perfect pirate twang and a convincing limp, she is supported by pirate Beth Murray who has also has an authentic accent, showing that the drama team have certainly picked the cast well. Mr Gaffney is a true perfectionist as he assists Mrs Ellison in her role as a fantastic director.  I have to say, Antonia is part of a winning team! I am so excited to see it all, are you?!

Chloe Spiers, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

Today I watched the rehearsals of the Peter Pan production. I witnessed Antonia playing the part of Cap’ain Hook and I believe that with her authentic accent and limp she is playing the part very convincingly. I think the drama team have chosen the cast well and everyone is up for an exciting yet frightening night. Mrs Ellison, who is the director, has taken it upon herself to add the part of Hook’s wife and it seems that she is going to keep the Cap’ain in check! I’ve only seen a glimpse of the action so far but I’m definitely ‘hooked’ and can’t wait to see more!

Abbygayle Carroll, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

With only three weeks left before the curtain opens for real, Mrs Ellison has excelled in her role as director. After constantly stopping and starting again during this week’s rehearsals, the amazing actors have finally got it. From the accents to the gestures and the special effects this Peter Pan play will make you feel like you’re actually in Neverland with them. After catching a sneak peek of the pirates in action, the directors are now closing in on every detail to make sure it’s perfect for the opening night.  I couldn’t think of better people to play each role as they fit as snug as the Cap’ain’s hook! Come July, you will definitely be hooked on this terrific theatrical creation... I know I am!!

Annie Edgar, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

After watching one rehearsal, I can say that this school production is going to be amazing! Mrs Ellison has taken on the role of director, and with a sprinkling of Tink’s fairy dust (and a little help from Mr Gaffney), the pirates improved until their scene was perfect. Antoina who plays the important role of a Captain Hook made the rehearsal super special along with her blood thirsty pirates. On the night, the hall will be filled with lights and numerous effects making you feel like you’re one of the pirates too! So, come down in July and be ready for a scare from Hook!

Naomi Daley, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

OMG! We’re in for treat! Peter Pan as you’ve never seen before is about to hit St John Bosco’s stage! As soon as I saw a scene of the sensational production in rehearsals, I was buzzing with excitement! Pirates swarmed all over the stage and the menacing Cap’n Hook blew me away! Hook, played by Antonia Hamer, hobbled across the stage yelling orders and was so convincing I was shaking with fear! Hook’s trusty companion, Smee, played by Chelene McDougal, cowered away from Hook, “Aaarghed!” with gusto and acted astoundingly (and this is only the rehearsal)!. Jess McCarthy, a comical pirate, amazed us all with her dim-witted expression and her sensational accent.  My only words are... WOW!!! PERFECTION!!! And... WOW again!!! I can’t wait to catch a preview of the next scene!

Erin Scullin, The Bosco Creative Writing Club

I’ve just caught a glimpse of the forthcoming production of Peter Pan and I LOVED it!! Directed by Mrs Ellison, she wasn’t afraid to constantly stop and start the pirate scene, making it clear that Peter Pan will be utter perfection. The pirates came across as terrifying as the volume in the room rose higher and higher, sending shivers down my spine. Antonia plays a very believable Captain Hook with her horrifying accent and limp, so much so, you’ll expect her to make you walk the plank! With so much action around the room and the promise of special effects such as smoke and lights, we’re in for a treat!! I can’t wait for the full show!!

Ellie-Mae Cragg, The Bosco Creative Writing Club