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'Peter Pan' landing at Coleytown M.S.

Published 3:47 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013
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'PETER PAN'
What: Coleytown Middle School production of "Peter Pan."
When: Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 6 at 1 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m.
Where: Coleytown Middle School, 255 North Ave.
Tickets: At the door, beginning 45 minutes before each show.
Info: 203-341-1683.
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With rigging that will let characters "fly" through the air and the tutoring of a Broadway veteran, Coleytown Middle School will stage four performances of "Peter Pan" next weekend

Shows are scheduled at the school on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 6 at 1 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door beginning 45 minutes before each show.

The story of the boastful boy who refuses to grow up is based on a character introduced in the J.M. Barrie's 1902 novel "The Little White Bird." The character was refined in later literature and his escapades in "Neverland" made popular in four Broadway productions and several feature films.

Coleytown's cast of "Lost Boys," pirates and others have learned their dance steps from Michelle Berti, an understudy to Cathy Rigby in the title role on Broadway in the 1990s, show organizers said in a news release. In that production, Berti also performed in the roles of Wendy and Jane.

Coleytown artistic director Ben Frimmer has known Berti since both were studying at New York University, according to the release, and he asked his old friend to help with the production.

She also has collaborated on Coleytown productions of "Anything Goes" and "Footloose," show organizers said.

Berti adapted the choreography of the 1991 Broadway production of "Peter Pan" to Coleytown's cast, according to the release.

Frimmer has also acquired the services of ZFX, a Lexington, Ky.-based company that provides theatrical flying effects worldwide.

The company currently is "flying" characters in six ongoing productions of "Wicked" around the globe and later this year will provide effects for a professional production of "Peter Pan" in Seoul, South Korea.