Village Theatre Troupe Presents "Peter Pan" At Sandburg Performing Arts Center

Village Theatre Troupe Presents "Peter Pan" At Sandburg Performing Arts Center
Posted on 04/28/2014

The story of Peter Pan dates back to 1902 when the character first appeared in a novel written for adults by J.M. Barrie.

The Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe will present “Peter Pan” as its spring musical with performances at the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center April 25 through April 27.

“It’s pretty amazing that here we are, in 2014, presenting a play that has been a timeless classic for more than 100 years,” said Patty Vlazny, the show’s executive producer. “This show has been a mainstay for generations and we are very excited to bring it to the Orland Park stage,” she said.

Peter Pan appeared in a stage play in 1904 with Walt Disney debuting its animated film in 1953. Mary Martin starred as Peter and Cyril Ritchard was Captain Hook in the original 1954 Tony Award winning Broadway production.

“We have assembled a phenomenal cast for Orland Park’s ‘Peter Pan’,” said Frann Carnivele, the show’s producer/director. “Our artistic staff has gone above and beyond to take our audience to Neverland and we have some of the best community actors from throughout the region in our cast,” she said.

Jim Mazeika, of Burbank, is the show’s assistant director with musical direction provided by Michael Barr-Schinzel of Chicago. Andrea Langford, of Orland Park, is the show’s choreographer. Lockport’s Mike Dicksen is the set designer with Carol Dicksen overseeing costumes.

Michael Carioto, of Worth, is making his Orland Park debut appearing as Peter Pan. Denise Wargowski, of Tinley Park, is Wendy with her siblings, John and Michael, played by Jake Monnett of Orland Park and Graham Carlson of Homer Glen, respectively.

Drew Dicksen, of Lockport, is a commanding Captain Hook with Orland Park’s Bryan Reiss portraying his bumbling sidekick, Smee. Orland Park’s Sarah Callis returns to the village’s stage as Tiger Lily and is the show’s dance captain. Jennifer Bohren (Orland Park) and Tim Casey (Alsip) are Mr. and Mrs. Darling, respectively.

Orland Park residents appearing in the show include Emma Bohren, Olivia Bohren, Caroline Bueche, Phil Bueche, Ann Burns, Eden Callewaert, Max Callewaert, Carson Callis, Ellie Callis, Madeline Carrillo, Sophia Carroll, Trisha Domico, Alex Earhart, Gary Felicetti, Rose Foley, Grace Galman, Amanda Hall, Cara Hall, Abigail Hooks, Grace Kane, Maria Krause, Joanna Leafblad, Josephine Leafblad, Veronica Leafblad, Mollie McCormick, Adam Murphy, Dan Nevinger, Michael Peccatiello, Kayla Pelini, Marissa Pelini, Hanah Remes, Charlotte Reynolds, Veronica Reynolds, Molly Ricker, Jack Roessler, Laura Smolik, Dan Stokes, Nicole Stubenfoll, Kari Torgerson, Veronica Vaughn, Zoe Whitlow and Taylor Villa.

Tinley Park residents include Gavin Juwayyid, Rachael Juwayyid and Jake Mackey. Those from New Lenox include Emily Filipiak, Grace Filipiak and Madelyn Filipiak. Jamison O’Sullivan and Joe O’Sullivan, both of Frankfort, are in the show as are Worth’s Jeremy Ahern and Rachel Berlinski. Those from Lockport include Cassandra Balaskas and Mariah Dicksen.

Cast members from Alsip include Sean Casey and Jessica Pyrkowski while those from Chicago include Montana Dick and Aidan Edwards. The cast also includes Ian McCafferty (Burbank), Jersie Joniak (Homer Glen), Colin Uthe (Mokena), Rudy Chavez (Oak Lawn) and Hannah Belair (Orland Hills).

“The Chicago Southland has some of the best community theater talent and we are thrilled to have many of these actors appearing in this show,” Carnivele said. “We are all looking forward to bringing ‘Peter Pan’ to life on the stage at Sandburg,” she added.

Performances are Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 27. Advanced reserved seat tickets are currently on sale at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue.

Adult tickets are $18. Those for seniors and students are $16 and children age 12 and younger are $14. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door as all three performances are expected to sell out. For more information, call 708/403-PARK.

“Peter Pan” is a musical based on the play by Sir James Barrie. The original Broadway production was conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The music was written by Morris “Moose” Charlap with additional music by Jule Styne.

“Peter Pan” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.