YORK — A cast of 28 children and adults will take audiences to Neverland this weekend as they present “Peter Pan” on the McCelvey Center stage.
“I always try to pick shows that are entertaining for all ages,” said director Barbara Johnson, who is leading her eighth stage production for the Young Yorkville Players.
Lauren Zinser of Lake Wylie stars as Peter Pan. Other key roles include Georgia Garrison of York as Tinker Bell, Maegan Craft of McConnells as Wendy, and Maxx Saltarelli of York as Capt. Hook.
Lauren, a 14-year-old ninth-grader at Clover High School said she is enjoying a chance to explore Peter.
“I like being a boy, because I get to show I have the ability to do different roles,” she said.
Georgia, a fifth-grade student at York Intermediate School, said it has been fun playing Tinker Bell, who mostly communicates with Peter using bells.
“I have some lines, but the book says that Tinker Bell is so small that she can only hold one emotion at a time,” said Georgia, 11, who was previously seen in the players’ production of “Dorothy Meets Alice.”
Although the actors will not fly in this production, Georgia enjoys how her tiny fairy flits around on the stage.
“I can go places quick, and I can be everywhere at once,” she said. “When you’re on the stage, it makes you feel happy.”
“Peter Pan” is the first players’ show for Maegan, a 17-year-old student at York Comprehensive High School, who plays Wendy.
“I’ve always liked ‘Peter Pan,’” she said. “And Wendy is just so sweet and caring. She flies, has adventures and takes care of everyone.”
Zane Nettles, a 15-year-old freshman at York Preparatory Academy, plays Mr. Darling, the father of Wendy, Michael and John. This is his eighth show with the players.
“This part gives me lots of room to show my angry side,” said Zane. “This is one of my first roles where I get to be a little stern and mean.”
Johnson, whose other shows have included “Charlotte’s Web,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Stuart Little” and “Cheaper by the Dozen,” said the show has taken a lot of work, but is coming together.
Volunteers are always needed for various roles, Johnson said. “It’s a lot of coordinating — a lot to teach, find volunteers, to get the funding and sponsors,” she said. “It’s a huge amount of effort on everybody’s part.”