Take a trip to Neverland
Southwest Middle School students present the classic ‘Peter Pan’
Southwest Middle School students will present the traditional story of a magical young boy who never grows up and can fly on Friday in the school’s Little Theatre.
More than 30 students are involved in either the cast or crew of the production and began practicing and preparing sets for “Peter Pan” in late January, said director Laura Kuisle, a math teacher at the school.
The play tells the story of the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland as the leader of the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies, pirates and others. Peter, played by student Cole Janssen, meets the Darling children and brings them to Neverland where they have more adventures.
Kuisle said the energy and story level will be positive for the audience in the performance. While the play follows the traditional story line, there are some modern flairs. There are also more detailed sets than in years past.
Art teacher Alyssa Sauer helped design all of the sets, and members of the play all helped paint, Kuisle said. Kuisle’s father, Dale Kuisle, helped build the beds in the play and the captain’s wheel, among other parts.
Several of the costumes were borrowed from Albert Lea Community Theatre or rented from Jan’s Costumes in Kasson. Kuisle’s mother, Karen Kuisle, made the Captain Hook costume and all of the Indian costumes.
This will be Kuisle’s third year directing the Southwest Middle School play. She said she has been involved in theater since she was in fifth grade. After graduating high school, she worked at Mantorville Theatre Co.’s historic opera house.
“Peter Pan,” which begins at 7 p.m., is expected to last about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Tickets are $5.
What: “Peter Pan”
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Southwest Middle School’s Little Theatre
‘Peter Pan’ cast and crew
Tinker Bell: Annabelle Lundell
Wendy Darling: Grace Dawson
Michael Darling: Michael Flaherty
John Darling: Timothy Chalmers
Mrs. Darling: Ava Corey-Gruenes
Nana: Mikayla Hannegrefs-Dahlen
Liza: Isabelle Wegner
Crocodile: Abigail Chalmers
Peter Pan: Cole Janssen
Tootles: Kendall Habana
Nibs: Victoria Wildeman
Pots: Brennan McCalla
Pans: Cannon Kermes
Slightly: Mason Drescner
Curley: Brian Solberg
Tootsie: Morgan Christian
Captain Hook: Riley Johnston
Smee: Colin Farr
Starkey: Samantha Brumbaugh
Cookie: Mia Kension
Skylight: Aaliyah VanDiver
Noodles: Adam Semple
Ramen: Ava Cunningham
Great Big Little Panther: Murnico Gomez
Tiger Lily: Kathrynn Gallardo
Chattering Chipmunk: Michael Minear
Raging Waters: Joey Maiden
Director: Laura Kuisle
Set Designer: Alissa Sauer
Assistant Directors: Taylor Palmer, Kenzie Monson and Kylee Anderson
Lights: Max Hacker
Sound: Charley Breche
Backstage: Elise Anderson, Zoe Lawson, Lexi Elmer, Kaitlyn Hanna, Adriana Brumbaugh and Pacey Breche