'Disney's Peter Pan JR.' coming to Bachman

'Disney's Peter Pan JR.' coming to Bachman

September 6th, 2017 by Emily Crisman in Community Signal Mountain

Skwalking Heads Productions assistant director Noah Huseman, as "Captain Hook," appears concerned with the approaching crocodile puppet held by director Colleen Laliberte as the Nana puppet looks on. Skwalking Heads' Acting for Kids classes, which will present "Disney's Peter Pan JR." in December, begin Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Bachman Community Center. (Contributed photo)

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Calling all lost boys (and girls): Skwalking Heads Productions' Acting for Kids classes at the Bachman Community Center are beginning soon, and participants will be presenting "Disney's Peter Pan JR.," a modern version of J.M. Barrie's tale of a boy who refuses to grow up.

"We have worked hard selecting a show that will offer our students a magical adventure into theater, and are so happy to be able to present 'Disney's Peter Pan JR.' this year," said director Colleen Laliberte.

Open to students in kindergarten through ninth grade, classes will be held at Bachman Tuesdays in September and October starting Sept. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. each night. Additional rehearsals will be announced once casting has been completed for the show, which is scheduled to be presented the weekend of Dec. 8-10 in the Bachman auditorium.

The classes will involve a blend of acting, singing, dancing, art and puppetry. Laliberte said participants will be able to use a crocodile puppet she and Center for Creative Arts student Ben Holcombe created for a CCA production of "Peter Pan and Wendy," as well as a puppet of Nana (the dog that serves as Wendy and Michael's nanny) created by Holcombe's grandmother Brenda Mitchell for a CCA production of the same play.

Isaiah Robinson, pictured at left in the role of Pockets alongside Robin Williams in the 1991 movie "Hook," will visit Skwalking Heads Productions Acting for Kids classes as a special guest artist as the classes prepare to present "Disney's Peter Pan JR." (Contributed photo)

Isaiah Robinson, pictured at left in the role...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

"We can't wait to begin working on creating the magic of Neverland, complete with pirates and mermaids, lost boys and, of course, Peter Pan and Wendy, Michael and John, and the villain Captain Hook," Laliberte said.

Students will also have the opportunity to work with special guest artist Isaiah Robinson, who as a child was in the 1991 movie "Hook" in the role of "Pockets," one of the lost boys and the first to recognize their former leader.

For more information or to register, email skwalking@hotmail.com. Bachman Community Center is at 2815 Anderson Pike and can be reached at 886-4842.