Peter Pan opens at Ohlone College

January 15, 2014 by  

For the next two weekends at the Jackson Theatre at Ohlone College in Fremont, the StarStruck Theatre will be presenting ‘Peter Pan’ with help from ZFX, which is providing state-of-the-art rigging. Most likely, the StarStruck Theatre is turning to a variety of printing companies to assist with the promotion of the production.

In order for the four main characters—Peter Pan and the three Darling children—to “fly” at the same time, ropes are assigned to five operators who manipulate side-to-side and up-and-down movements. They need to work together so their actions are precisely coordinated and smooth flying is achieved.

Take-offs and landings are the cause for the greatest chance of a mishap, but the children who play the roles were very excited when they got fit for their harnesses. According to Don Apry who operates one of the up-and-down lines and whose son Andrew plays John Darling, he was even more excited than his son was. He controls the ability of his son to jump off a ladder and rocket two stories in the air.

Cheyenne Wells, a 16-year-old junior from Washington High School, plays the lead role of Peter Pan and after three days of practice had hit various pieces of the set and had a few stressful landings, but was well on her way to mastering the art of flying.

The StarStruck Theatre is a non-profit organization that provides performance opportunities, theatre arts education and musical productions involving the youth in the community. It produces one junior production a year at the Irvington High School in Fremont, and two main stage musicals a year at Ohlone College in Fremont.