MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Lauderdale County School District is putting on a production of Disney’s 1953 classic Peter Pan.
It has been a marathon week for the student cast… Two performances almost every day for their peers, at Meridian Community College’s McCain Theater.
“These kids have been rehearsing for the past couple of months,” says Jeannie House, the assistant director and stage manager for Peter Pan. “This week we’ve been doing show after show after show of Peter Pan, bringing in the elementary schools, bringing in the middle schools, bringing in the high schools to come see a production.”
A unique part of the play is that the orchestra is playing in a different room, with the music being fed into the theater.
A lot of hard work has been put into the play.
“We’ve been doing this since I think November is whenever the music rehearsals started so November all the way through,” House says.
Students rehearsed almost seven days a week to be ready for these performances.
“Every day, about 3 hours every night, except on Wednesday’s so the kids can go to church, and then we have about 3 hours on Saturday mornings for dance rehearsals,” House explains.
Students from each school in the district, from 7th to 12th grades, comprise the cast.
Organizers of the play say that the production is a great way for the students to develop a long-lasting bond.
“The thing that will surprise most people is how close these kids become,” House says. “They’re from different schools, a lot of them don’t even know each other whenever they start, and by the time they get done, they are best friends. They’re hanging out, they’re calling each other, and they see absolutely no division of line between school.”
There are two performance of the play that will be open to the public this weekend at the McCain Theater: One at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and one on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at Hardin Hall on the campus of MCC.