News flash: Peter Pan caught on film flying near SE 130th Ave.

To those who believe the story of ‘PETER PAN’ is just a fairy-tale, we have photographic evidence to the contrary …

As promised: Peter Pan caught in mid-flight, soaring high around the stage, at David Douglas High School’s Howard Horner Performing Arts Center.

Story and astonishing photo by David F. Ashton
November 30 is opening night for the David Douglas High School Performing Arts Department production of “PETER PAN”.

Sell-out crowds who have seen this school’s past productions expect to see professional sets and lighting. They already know they’ll enjoy this classic story, brought to life by the student actors, singers and orchestra members.

But a flying, singing and acting Peter Pan? Yes indeed.

Meet Peter Pan
Katy Beckemeyer, a senior at David Douglas High, plays the role of Peter Pan. We asked Beckemeyer what it’s like to fly.

“There is a line in the show that where Peter Pan says, ‘I’ll show you how to jump on the wind’s back and away we’ll go ‚Ķ’ Flying is exactly like that. It’s like being caught by the wind and suddenly, you’re flying. It is so amazing. It’s fun.”

When we asked if learning to master flying was a frightening experience, the young actress confided, “I made myself scared with thoughts like, ‘Hey, I’m going way up in the air; if I fall I’ll die.’ But once you fly, it is like riding a magic carpet. It’s the like a wonderful roller coaster ride.”

Learning to sing and act while flying took some doing, though, she said. “I’ve really focused on breath control when I sing.”

The greatest thing about the role, she added, is how it can open people’s minds and encourage them to use their imagination.

Tickets are selling fast; don’t be left out
Opening night for “PETER PAN” at the Howard Horner Performing Arts Center is November 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Additional performances are at the following dates and times:

Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee, December 3 at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee, December 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for seniors and students, and $10 for adults.

Howard Horner Performing Arts Center box office at David Douglas High School, is located 1400 SE 130th Avenue. Call (503) 261-8270, Mondays through Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m. It’s also open an hour before show times ‚Äì but don’t risk being disappointed if that performance is a sellout! Order your tickets in advance.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

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