LWGMS's production of Peter Pan was filled with firsts: the first Fall musical, the first play with only half the school, and the first Disney-based musical. As part of the first Fall musical at LWGMS, the girls jumped right in to the rehearsal process bringing creativity, enthusiasm, and talent. With lots going on at L-Dub during the Fall, the cast and crew of Peter Pan showed resilience with their flexibility and willingness. We all had to adjust to the idea that half the school was not part of the production, but regardless of who was "officially" part of Peter Pan, every student, teacher, staff member, and parent contributed to making this production possible. A special thanks to everyone who helped with sets, costumes, props, load-in, load-out, driving, singing, and dancing. This production was, as always, a true community event. It took a village to get girls to fly.
As we began working with Disney's Peter Pan, we came across some explicit and implicit sexism and racism in the script, something we could not live with in our production. So, we used Design Thinking to answer the question "How might we address the racism and sexism in our script?" The girls readily engaged in the process and came up with some inspired ideas to give our production a new twist on an old story. L-Dub's Peter Pan is not your grandmother's Peter Pan. We hope you enjoyed our punk rock fairies, the introduction of some Greek Gods and Goddesses, and the homage to Seattle's beloved Seahawks.
Finally, many thanks are in order. The nine eighth grade students on the crew are truly invaluable -- they took charge of Peter Pan, from wrangling the Lost Boys and sewing beautiful costumes to designing the lights and running the entire show. The musical direction from Daisy Zajonc P'14 was brilliant. She could play any song we came up with, and most importantly, she inspired and led our gifted student musicians. Once again, the costume design and production fell under the artistic vision and talent of Jan Frederick P'09, '14, a woman who brings so much more than a serger to the production. We needed some added creativity from the Art and STEAM departments, and they delivered Nana the dog and Hook's dreaded Crocodile with the help of Ms. Chelsea and Ms. Caitlin; Ms. Lindsey's creativity brought our sets to life. While not a job that brings glory and applause, Ms. Eva's organization skills were indispensable as we shuttled, fed, and cared for 41 girls during our week at Broadway Performance Hall. We are indebted to and awed by the work of Señorita Jacquie. Having not yet worked on a theatrical production in her career, she gave the girls her complete attention and energy every week, from helping paint the sets to listening to girls practice lines. In the end, we discovered her true gift for choreography when Señorita took charge of the Fairies, Pirates, Lost Boys, Mermaids, and Greek Gods and made the dancing come alive. And finally, thank you to our fearless leader, Ms. Jenny. She brought out the best of everyone around her and helped make the production - indeed, all of our productions - so special.
Thank you also to Steven Brown P'15 for opening the doors to Eltana for our girls each morning before their walk to Broadway Performance Hall.
See all of the Peter Pan photos here.