Epiphany Cathedral students to perform Peter Pan Jr.
at Venice Theatre March 20-22, 2015
(Venice, FL) Students from Epiphany Cathedral School (ECS) in Venice will be performing the classic musical, Peter Pan Jr., Venice Theatre’s MainStage at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now. Contact Joni Scott at ECS at 941-488-2215 for tickets and more information. Tickets are not being sold through Venice Theatre’s box office.
Venice Theatre’s principal teacher and notable actor, director and choreographer, Brad Wages, is directing the show, combining the talents of the beginning and intermediate theatre students at ECS. Of note: Wages performed the title role in Peter Pan on Broadway! The production is the product of a partnership formed between ECS and Venice Theatre ten years ago. Epiphany students attend weekly instruction at the theatre during the school year that fulfills the students’ theatre arts credits for the year. This year is the sixth year that a fully-produced musical theatre production will be presented.
Michelle Kroll, Principal of Epiphany Cathedral School, says, “This partnership is an opportunity for our children to experience the work of a real performance theatre with professional staff. We are thrilled to watch our students transform into such remarkable performers each year. We see our students take on roles and responsibilities that add to their learning experience.”
Sandy Davisson, VT’s director of Education and Outreach exclaims, “Hats off to Principal Kroll who knows the power of performing arts. The students learn life skills like problem solving, thinking on their feet, teamwork and most important – the power of imagination – which can make anything possible. Our ECS collaboration is one of Venice Theatre’s most important programs. We reach out into the community to bring theatre arts to sectors that otherwise might not have them available.”
Wages says, “We’re getting very excited about Peter Pan Jr. It’s an enchanting journey filled with adventure, toe tapping music and characters such as the beloved hero, Peter Pan and the infamous pirate Captain Hook. This year’s students are having so much fun in rehearsals. While the story of Peter Pan thoroughly entertains younger audience members, it has the ability to transport even the oldest audience members back to a time when anything was possible if you just chose to believe.”
Wages goes on to say, “The Venice Theatre/ECS partnership has proven to be a success; not only artistically, but in the daily lives of the students. They are finding their own voice and experiencing higher levels of self-confidence and assurance. To me, seeing their self-confidence is what makes this program and the arts invaluable. The students also learn the value of commitment and the importance of working as a group toward a larger goal.”
The multi-disciplinary program designed by Venice Theatre and ECS is structured to satisfy students of all ability levels who share a love for the performing arts. The discipline of a performing arts program provides effective techniques and skills that carry over to students’ social and academic development.
Venice Theatre’s mission is making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest out of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave .on the island in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events. Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations”, Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre has a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.