A group of around 30 US and UK students are working together to create a play in a week that will be performed at The Georgian Theatre Royal on Friday 12 August at 7.30pm.
Based on the popular Peter Pan character, created by Scottish novelist JM Barrie, the play explores the world of Neverland through the eyes of the mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up. The students - aged 11-18 years old - will bring to the performance their own experiences of growing up and their personal journeys.
The festival is the result of an initiative between the Theatre and the Performing and Visual Arts High School Magnet Program of Anne Arundel County Public School System in Maryland and is now in its third successful year. The play will be accompanied by an art exhibition, incorporating photography, music and sculpture.
Leayne Dempsey, a guest teaching artist from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools who is directing the show, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to bring together students from both countries. The collaborative theatre process allows the young actors to incorporate their own unique ideas into the production. This piece of drama is truly original and breathtakingly beautiful.”
This is just one of the many education initiatives spearheaded by the Georgian Theatre, which also runs a popular programme of youth theatre classes throughout the academic year. These are open to young people from 6 to 18 years old and offer experience of all areas of theatre and stagecraft, including acting, directing, devising and stage management.
Classes start again in September and places can be booked by calling 01748 823710 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the Peter Pan show on Friday 12 August cost £5 and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the booking system on this website.