EUGENE, Ore. — North Eugene High School students are flying high in a theater production of Peter Pan.
The director, Fred Gorelick, spent the last two years trying to get the rights for the show. He says he’s faced a challenge because Kathy Rigby is performing in Peter Pan nationwide. New York ultimately granted him the rights.
Gorelick says to his knowledge North Eugene is one of a few high schools in the country doing the production.
One of the highlights is that Peter Pan actually gets to fly. Famous choreographers, Flying by Foy, even came to Eugene to help teach the students how to fly safely.
North Eugene High School won a Eugene Education Fund grant that offset the cost of bringing those famous flying trainers to Eugene. A student crew is manning the reigns.
The musical is almost 60 years old and Gorelick says its magical. “I thought it was time to blow it out. I had the student talent to do it, the singers and actors who would do this justice and it was time for us both figuratively and literally to to fly,” said Gorelick.
“Flying, it was a little bit uncomfortable at first but the experience we’ve had doing it was so incredible that I don’t know what can match it,” said Tyee Williams who is playing Peter Pan.
The show opens Thursday, April 11. It runs for two weekends. There are two different Peter Pans each playing the role one weekend.
Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors.
The director says the show is selling fast because news is spreading that the students get to fly.
For more information on the play, click here.