Backstage pass to opening night of 'Peter Pan' at Daniel Island School
These kids don’t just show up in their costumes and enter stage left. After all, their scenes before a live audience are just a fraction of the total production. As the culmination of months of in-class planning and practice, followed by weeks of read-throughs, blocking, tech setting, and dress rehearsals, those final moments before curtain are high stakes. And they take a lot more than pixie dust.
Daniel Island School drama teacher Lauren Canfield’s students arrive two hours in advance of show time for their spring musical “Peter Pan.” Cast and crew alike have been given their marching orders, and the schedule goes like this:
5 p.m. costume and make-up
6:15 p.m. vocal warm-up
6:30 p.m. fight call (stage combat run-through)
6:45 p.m. pre-show meeting
6:55 p.m. to places
The young thespians and their supporting stagemates observe this order for each of three performances over the March 18-20 weekend. And though the butterflies still flutter, the parents get peeked at, and a prop or two goes (temporarily) missing, these kids – and their gifted director, Mrs. Canfield – pull off a production that would earn the respect of any pro in the biz. Bravo!